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- List of Contributors
- Equality: Its Justification, Nature, and Domain
- The Measurement of Economic Inequality
- Income Inequality in Richer and OECD Countries
- Functional Distribution and Inequality
- Wealth and Economic Inequality
- Top Incomes
- Inequality and Earnings Distribution
- Inequality and the Labor Market: Employers
- Inequality and the Labor Market: Unions
- Low Pay
- Gender and Economic Inequality
- Economic Inequality, Poverty, and Social Exclusion
- Inequality and Time Use in the Household
- Inequality and Happiness
- Health and Economic Inequality
- Education and Inequality
- Demographic Transformation and Economic Inequality
- International Migration, Ethnicity, and Economic Inequality
- Intergenerational Income Mobility and the Role of Family Background
- Intragenerational Inequality and Intertemporal Mobility
- Inequality and Economic Growth
- Globalization and Inequality
- Poverty and Inequality: The Global Context
- Economic Inequality and the Welfare State
- The Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution
- Prospects for Achieving Equality in Market Economies
Abstract and Keywords
The literature on the politics of inequality and redistribution in advanced democracies has become very large in recent years. This article focuses on several areas where important new arguments are being put forward. It reviews recent work on the interaction of unions and employers, the role of political parties and electoral institutions, and the effects of racial and religious diversity. It also discusses the implications of recent work in behavioural economics and political science that helps us to understand cross-national variation in political responses to inequality. It highlights the distinctive contributions of several ‘schools’ of research, and identifies linkages across different analytical approaches.
Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Associate Dean at the Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. His research interests include US politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He has recently published Political Game Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2006, with Adam Meirowitz) and Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (MIT Press, 2006, with Keith Poole and HowardRosenthal).
Jonas Pontusson is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His most recent book is Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe versus Liberal America (Cornell University Press, 2005). His current research focuses on the consequences of rising inequality for political participation, policy preference, and vote choice.
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