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Conceptualizing and Measuring Political Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective

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  • Choi, Gwangeun
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Political Inequality; Participation; Representation; Economic Inequality
  • Abstract

    It is widely believed that there exists a debilitating feedback cycle linking economic inequality and political inequality. However, there has been a lack of empirical evidence about this association, particularly, in cross-national comparative research. It is largely because cross-national measures of political inequality are underdeveloped. To fill this gap, this study introduces a new way of conceptualizing and measuring political inequality and proposes the Political Inequality Index (PII), which is based on objective indicators, and the Political Power Inequality Index (PPII) is also devised as an alternative measure, which is based on subjective indicators. This research then explores the relationship between economic inequality and political inequality with these measures. The correlation analysis shows that they are, at least, modestly associated, while the dynamic panel data analysis provides little evidence that net income inequality has a significant effect on political inequality.

Update Metadata: 2019-12-01 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-12-01

Choi, Gwangeun (2018): Conceptualizing and Measuring Political Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.