The Anatomy of Inequality

Its Social and Economic Origins—and Solutions

From a country with one of the world’s lowest rates of income and social inequality comes a clear-eyed and timeless account that recalls Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In The Anatomy of Inequality, Swedish analyst Per Molander examines the development of social and economic inequity throughout the modern world, its history, and what can be done about it.

By mining cultural history, Molander inventively addresses the obvious questions often avoided—including why the wealthiest countries, such as the United States, have the greatest incidences of inequality.

Mixing anthropology, statistics, references to music and literature, and political science, Molander looks at inequality across various political and ideological systems and presents a persuasive, entirely reasonable case that, as surely as societies can be made unequal, so too can they be made equal.

PER MOLANDER is the author of numerous reports, articles, and books about political philosophy and policy—of which The Anatomy of Inequality is the first to be translated into English. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the European Commission, and the Swedish government. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.

”Why are all societies unequal–and can you do something about it? Per Molander scrutinizes the issue with astonishing erudition. . . . brilliant and relevant.” —Stefan Jonsson, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

”Molander is a calm yet challenging voice. He offers no simplifications to comfort us, only the well-founded belief that the journey is worth the effort.” —Ulrika Knutson, Sverigesradio (Sweden)