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Economic Inequality and Democratic Political Engagement
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 52, No. 1 (Jan., 2008), pp. 48-60
Published by: Midwest Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25193796
Page Count: 13
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What effect, if any, does the extent of economic inequality in a country have upon the political engagement of its citizens? This study examines this question using data from multiple cross-national surveys of the advanced industrial democracies. It tests the theory that greater inequality increases the relative power of the wealthy to shape politics in their own favor against rival arguments that focus on the effects of inequality on citizens' objective interests or the resources they have available for political engagement. The analysis demonstrates that higher levels of income inequality powerfully depress political interest, the frequency of political discussion, and participation in elections among all but the most affluent citizens, providing compelling evidence that greater economic inequality yields greater political inequality.
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