Abstract

Abstract:

As part of the project to examine the quality of existing democracies, this paper examines political in/equality. Political equality must be analyzed in relation to the main dimensions of social inequality — class, status and power. The paper considers the normative merits as well as the chances of advancing political equality, focusing first on measures within the political sphere and then on policies that tackle social and economic inequality. It reviews the power resources in economy and society that are most important for increases or decreases of political inequality. And it considers how the levels of political inequality can be assessed in cross-national comparisons.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 76-90
Launched on MUSE
2004-10-13
Open Access
No
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