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 Introduction: Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy Part I: Concepts and Theories of Political Inequality 1. The Concept and Study of Political Inequality 2. Inequality and Partial Democracy: South America in Comparative Perspective 3. Neoliberalism and Democracy Part II: Methodological Considerations 4. Crossing Intersections: Overcoming the Challenges of Cross-national Research on the Legislative Representation of Women from Marginalized Groups 5. Are Imported Survey Questions Under-measuring Political and Gender Participation in the Global South (…and North)? Part III: Empirical Analyses 6. Political Capital and the Unequal Career Origins of the Political Elite in Chile 7. Elite Perception of Inequality as a Threat to Democracy in Six Latin American Countries 8. Social Class and Contentious Politics in Contemporary Europe 9. Democratic Engagement of Xenophobes and the Ethno-Discriminated in Europe Conclusion: Lessons Learned
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).