The world has witnessed the creation of new democracies and the maturing of old ones. Yet, everywhere there is democracy, there is also political inequality. Voices of everyday folk struggle to be heard; often, they keep silent. Governments respond mostly to the influential and the already privileged. Our age of democracy, then, is the old age of inequality. This book builds on U.S. scholarship on the topic of political inequality to understand its forms, causes and consequences around the world.
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. Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy addresses the present and future of the concept of political inequality from multi-disciplinary and cross-national perspectives.
Preface Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow Introduction: Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow Part I: Concepts and Theories of Political Inequality 1. The Concept and Study of Political Inequality Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow 2. Inequality and Partial Democracy: South America in Comparative Perspective Carlos Waisman 3. Neoliberalism and Democracy Alex Afouxenidis Part II: Methodological Considerations 4. Crossing Intersections: Overcoming the Challenges of Cross-national Research on the Legislative Representation of Women from Marginalized Groups Melanie Hughes 5. Are Imported Survey Questions Under-measuring Political and Gender Participation in the Global South (…and North)? Solange Simoes Part III: Empirical Analyses 6. Political Capital and the Unequal Career Origins of the Political Elite in Chile Alfredo Joignant, Lucas Perello, and Javier Torres 7. Elite Perception of Inequality as a Threat to Democracy in Six Latin American Countries Matias Lopez 8. Social Class and Contentious Politics in Contemporary Europe Henryk Domanski 9. Democratic Engagement of Xenophobes and the Ethno-Discriminated in Europe Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski Conclusion: Lessons Learned Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow