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Episode Info: Can ideas change the world? Matthew Taylor talks to David Willetts about intergenerational inequality and his book ‘The Pinch: How the baby boomers stole their children’s future and why they should give it back’ (2010). Since it's publication, inequality between the generations has only gotten worse. Why is it so difficult to turn peoples concern for their own children into policy which improves the prospects for the next generation as a whole? Can appeals to the welfare of future generations bridge cultural and political differences? And what does the author of ‘The Pinch’ think of his own policies as the Minister for Universities? The first of four interviews revisiting influential books on public policy and social change published in recent decades. Produced by Ben Irvine and Samuel Shelton Robinson.Read more »

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