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Does rising economic inequality create a representation gap between rich and poor? Evidence from Europe and the United States

Epp, Derek A. and Borghetto, Enrico (2020) Does rising economic inequality create a representation gap between rich and poor? Evidence from Europe and the United States. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog (11 Jun 2020). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Economically powerful individuals are assumed to have greater capacity to influence politics than those with lower incomes. This might imply that as economic inequality increases, we should see a growing representation gap between rich and poor. Yet as Derek A. Epp and Enrico Borghetto explain, previous research has produced a mixed picture, with lobbyists that have the most financial backing often failing to secure policy victories. Drawing on a new study, they suggest the influence of inequality may be more visible when it comes to keeping issues off the political agenda: they find evidence that higher levels of inequality are associated with less legislative attention being directed toward the policies most likely to generate a downward redistribution of wealth.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 23:02
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105427

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