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A report exploring whether growing segregation between rich and poor influences attitudes toward welfare programs and the recipients of welfare payments has been added to the Resource Center best practices database.

In "Living Apart, Losing Sympathy? How Neighbourhood Context Affects Attitudes To Redistribution And To Welfare Recipients," the overall aim of the paper by researchers from the University of Glasgow is to identify whether and how neighbourhood context influences the development of welfare attitudes.

"Does the growing segregation of rich and poor erode the bonds of solidarity or sympathy which help to underpin redistribution through tax and benefit systems?" the researchers ask.

Overall, this work supports the idea that there is self-reinforcing effect from inequality through spatial segregation. The researchers conclude that efforts to promote ‘mixed communities’ and ‘compact cities’ may have important political impacts, in addition to social and environmental ones.

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