Book: Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy 2014

Political Inequality Routledge Book Cover 2014

Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives

Edited by Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

Routledge – 2014 – 154 pages

Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology

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About the Book

We live in an age of democracy. Modern nations have inscribed the ideals of democracy on their constitutions and similarly august documents. They contend that democracy is the key to unlock humanity’s great potential. People have fought and died for its ideals. Political equality is a foundation of democracy, a pillar on which humanity’s heights rest.

Yet, everywhere there is democracy, there is political inequality.

Political inequality – as both unequal influence over decisions made by political bodies and the unequal outcomes of those decisions – is felt most acutely by the disadvantaged who  remain outsiders to the political system they help to legitimize and whose interests are chronically underrepresented. Governments at all levels are places where access to political power is constrained and where benefits are allocated unequally.

Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives builds on previous work (e.g. APSA Task Force in 2004 on inequality and American democracy and Dahl’s On Political Equality of 2006) to address the present and future of the concept of political inequality from multi-disciplinary and cross-national perspectives. It is comprised of nine theoretical, methodological and empirical chapters. This path-creating edited collection contains original works by both established and young, up-and-coming social scientists, including those from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and the U.S.


Preface — Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

Introduction: Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy — Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

Part I. Concepts and Theories of Political Inequality

Chapter 1: The Concept and Study of Political Inequality — Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

Chapter 2: Inequality and Partial Democracy: South America in Comparative Perspective –Carlos Waisman

Chapter 3: Neoliberalism and Democracy — Alex Afouxenidis

Part II. Methodological Considerations

Chapter 4: Crossing Intersections: Overcoming the Challenges of Cross-National Research on the Legislative Representation of Women from Marginalized Groups — Melanie Hughes

Chapter 5: Are Imported Survey Questions Under-measuring Political and Gender Participation in the Global South (…and North)? — Solange Simoes

Part III. Empirical Analyses

Chapter 6: Political Capital and the Unequal Career Origins of the Political Elite in Chile — Alfredo Joignant, Lucas Perello, and Javier Torres

Chapter 7: Elite Perception of Inequality as a Threat to Democracy in Six Latin American Countries — Matias Lopez

Chapter 8: Social Class and Contentious Politics in Contemporary Europe — Henryk Domanski

Chapter 9: Xenophobia and Ethnic Discrimination — Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski

Conclusion: Lessons Learned – Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow

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