INET Oxford's Prof Brian Nolan and Ive Marx of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy have edited the new special issue from the Journal of European Social Policy on social policy and wealth.
Much of the rapidly growing scholarship on wealth understandably focuses on the top because that is where the bulk of wealth is held. This is true even in countries with comparatively equal income distributions and extensively redistributive welfare states. Yet even if assets are concentrated among the wealthy, they also matter a great deal for people who are less well off. Some people who are identified as poor or financially needy purely on the basis of income have meaningful assets, but many do not. Whether they have any such assets, or stand to inherit them in the future, can make a critical difference.
Read a blog post summarising key headlines from the issue here: https://jesp.eu/2021/12/13/how-wealth-matters-for-social-policy-introducing-the-journal-of-european-social-policy-special-issue-on-social-policy-and-wealth/
Read the full issue here: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ESP/current