Race and Redistribution
This chapter examines the link between heterogeneity and social welfare spending in the United States and Europe. It argues that the homogeneity in Europe has made it difficult for opponents of welfare to demonise the poor as being members of some hated minority. Thus, redistribution was easier and more natural. On the other hand, the highly heterogeneous society in the United States has made it easy for welfare opponents to use racial and ethnic divisions to attack redistribution.
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