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What Would a Society Look Like Where Children’s Life Chances Were Really Fair? / Gideon Calder

Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, Volume: 33, Issue: 6, Pages: 655 - 666

Swansea University Author: Calder, Gideon

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A critical analysis of the prominence and significance of the term 'fair life chances' in recent UK policy, focusing on problems of definition and measurement, and proposing a plural measure. The article highlights three policy areas an appropriate commitment to tackling which is necessary...

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Published in: Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
ISSN: 0269-0942 1470-9325
Published: Sage 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45236
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Abstract: A critical analysis of the prominence and significance of the term 'fair life chances' in recent UK policy, focusing on problems of definition and measurement, and proposing a plural measure. The article highlights three policy areas an appropriate commitment to tackling which is necessary (though not sufficient) for the promotion genuinely fair life chances for children: poverty, childcare, and the configuration of opportunities. The overall argument of the article is that a commitment to making life chances fairer requires a considerably more substantial change of policy direction than the term’s recent handling in political discourse would imply.
Keywords: childcare, children, fairness, life chances, poverty, social justice
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 6
Start Page: 655
End Page: 666