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The Policy State

An American Predicament

Karen Orren is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University.

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In his surprising and powerful new work, A Brief History of Equality, Thomas Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. We asked him about his impassioned new book: why he wrote it, how it’s optimistic, and what we need to do to continue making progress on creating an equitable world.