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Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy

Cross-national Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow


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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University. He is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences and Project Coordinator for Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program (consirt.osu.edu) of The Ohio State University and Polish Academy of Sciences. He is head of the Working Group on Political Inequality, the Committee on Political Sociology (ISA and IPSA).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General