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Racial Inequality and Managing Diversity in the United Kingdom and United States

Management and Diversity

ISBN: 978-1-78635-550-8, eISBN: 978-1-78635-549-2

Publication date: 3 May 2017


This chapter provides comparative insights into the context of equality and diversity in the United States and the United Kingdom. It argues that there is a real danger that progressive initiatives in combatting racism in both countries may have stalled and indeed may be slipping backwards. The chapter focuses on one sector, the healthcare sector, where service delivery is local but where in both countries there is huge reliance on an international workforce through migration. Despite huge differences in the US and UK healthcare systems, it is found that the pattern of migration with respect to both highly qualified professional workers (e.g. physicians) and middle and lower ranked workers is similar. The resilience of racial disadvantage is exposed in the context of a range diversity management initiatives.



Healy, G. and Oikelome, F. (2017), "Racial Inequality and Managing Diversity in the United Kingdom and United States", Management and Diversity (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 3), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 33-62.



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