The scale of global inequality is universally agreed to be unacceptable. Yet little has been done to tackle inequality directly through redistribution of incomes on a global level. Although redistribution, through tax and welfare systems, is at the heart of anti-poverty programmes in developed countries, it has not been a serious proposition at an international level until now.
The financial crisis has propelled two interventions onto the agenda which together look like a global welfare state: social protection and tax reform. this briefing asks what is driving global inequality? And how can redistribution help tackle existing inequalities and contribute to poverty reduction internationally?