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Education, 'pre-distribution' and the living standards crisis

  • Date(s)
    12 June 2013
  • Time
    9:30 - 12:00
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Education, 'pre-distribution' and the living standards crisis

A discussion with Professor Jacob Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University

Policy Network and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will host a seminar with US academic and political commentator Jacob Hacker of Yale University.

Twelve months ago, the word ‘pre-distribution’ entered the political lexicon and immediately divided political and economic opinion. ‘Pre-distribution’ has been repeatedly cited by Ed Miliband as a cornerstone of his responsible capitalism agenda, but mocked by David Cameron in a prime minister’s questions session.

Jacob Hacker, who introduced the concept to Ed Miliband and other European leaders at a Policy Network conference in Oslo in 2009, will lead this seminar discussing what ‘pre-distribution’ would mean for education and social mobility in the UK. How far does education have the potential to help address concerns about falling living standards and rising inequality at a time when developed country governments across the world are reining back budgets to cut deficits?

Alan Manning
, professor of economics, LSE
Sonia Sodha
, head of policy and strategy, Dartington Social Research Unit
Graeme Cooke
, director of research, IPPR
Kitty Ussher
, senior fellow, The Smith Institute
Margaret Hodge
, Labour member of Parliament and chair, Public Accounts Committee
John McFall
, Labour peer and chair, Fabian Commission on Future Spending Choices
Philip Collins
, columnist and leader writer, The Times
Patrick Diamond
, senior research fellow, Policy Network

Topics for discussion include:
•         How can we do more in education and learning with less money?
•         What kind of education, skills and labour market agenda for Britain?
•         What role for education in improving social mobility?

A video of Jacob Hacker's presentation can be viewed here.


This event is organised in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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