Causes and Consequences of Political Inequality IJS 2007/2008

In 2007/2008, the International Journal of Sociology had a special issue on the Causes and Consequences of Political Inequality in Cross-National Perspective, guest edited by Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow.  The table of contents are:

Causes and Consequences of Political Inequality in Cross-National Perspective

Winter 2007-8, Vol. 37 No. 04

Guest Editor: Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences


JOSHUA KJERULF DUBROW  Guest Editor’s Introduction: Defining Political Inequality Within a Cross-National Perspective


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AINA GALLEGO  Unequal Political Participation in Europe


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 MELANIE M. HUGHES  Windows of Political Opportunity:   Institutional Instability and Gender Inequality in the World’s National Legislatures


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CHRISTINA V. XYDIAS  Inviting More Women to the Party:  Gender Quotas and Women’s Substantive Representation in Germany


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GÁBOR TÓKA AND MARINA POPESCU  Inequalities of Political Influence in New Democracies


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Author Index to International Journal of Sociology
Volume 37 (Spring 2007-Winter 2007/8)– 94 —
 An abstract of the IJS issue:In 2004 the American Political Science Association Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy concluded that “[America’s] ideals of equal citizenship and responsive government may be under growing threat in an era of persistent and rising inequalities” (APSA 2004).  The central idea of “Causes and Consequences of Political Inequality in Cross-National Perspective” is to explore the issues raised by the Task Force concerning political inequality – citizen voice, government responsiveness, and patterns of public policymaking – as they exist outside of the United States.  The main question is, do the Task Force findings hold in a cross-national and comparative context?  In addressing the question, papers were organized into causes of political inequality, and consequences of it.   The four papers included in this volume from sociologists and political scientists empirically examine disadvantaged groups’ political participation in contemporary Europe (Aina Gallego), regime change and women’s political representation across the world, 1950 – 2000 (Melanie M. Hughes), the interaction of gender quotas and women’s descriptive and substantive representation in Germany (Christina V. Xydias), and the influence of unequal political knowledge on electoral outcomes in Romania and Moldova (Gabor Toka and Marina Popescu).  Taken together, and in light of the Task Force’s framework for analyzing political inequality, these articles provide directions for building theoretical models that explain the causes and consequences of political inequality in cross-national perspective.  
 For more information, please contact Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, 72 Nowy Swiat, Room 211, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland; phone is 48 22 657 2755; and email is