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The Crisis for Young People

Generational Inequalities in Education, Work, Housing and Welfare

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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This book provides an original and challenging analysis of one of the most pressing social issues of our times: intergenerational inequality. Based on recent mixed-method research, it explores the extent and scope of generational divides through an up-to-date analysis of the changing opportunities for young people in Britain across different life domains. A central question addressed is whether current changes are best understood as growing inequalities within and across age groups, or whether we face a genuine intergenerational decline over the life course of this and future generations of youth. Andy Green’s controversial manifesto for intergenerational equity includes replacing higher education fees with a tax on graduates of all ages; the introduction of capital gains tax on sales of first homes; voting at 16, and a new charter of rights for private tenants.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)


“Lucid, passionate and ground-breaking...this book will shock, hearten and galvanise in equal measure.” (Nikos Papadakis, Professor of Political Science, University of Crete, Greece)

“This book offers a highly significant contribution to public policy making.  All MPs should have to read it.” (Peter Mortimore, former Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, UK)

Authors and Affiliations

  • UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London, United Kingdom

    Andy Green

About the author

Andy Green is Professor of Comparative Social Science at the UCL Institute of Education, and Director, since 2008, of the ERSC-funded Research Centre on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES).  His recent research has focused on social cohesion regimes and the changing opportunity structures for young people. His latest books include: Handbook of Global Education Policy, 2016; Education and State Formation: Europe, East Asia and the USA; 2013 and Regimes of Social Cohesion: Societies and the Crisis of Globalisation, 2011. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Crisis for Young People

  • Book Subtitle: Generational Inequalities in Education, Work, Housing and Welfare

  • Authors: Andy Green

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-58546-8Published: 14 July 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-86425-9Published: 04 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-58547-5Published: 28 June 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 161

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Educational Policy and Politics, Education Economics, Education Policy, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Education

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