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Why Inequality (Mostly) Does Not Undermine Democracy

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The MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics and the Department of Political Science, UCL

Invite you to a lecture on “Why Inequality (Mostly) Does Not Undermine Democracy”

Professor David Samuels

The University of Minnesota

Can formal political equality survive when economic resources are concentrated among a few, at the expense of the many? Conventional wisdom holds that inequality undermines the quality of democracy. But the strength of this claim has not been fully examined in empirical and theoretical ways. This lecture, based on research by Samuels and Ben Ansell (Oxford) considers how there might be different political consequences with different forms of economic inequality. Indeed, it is possible that democracy and some forms of inequality may run together. If the source of inequality is land, this land-inequality may be more destabilizing to democracy than other sources of inequality – especially in lower-income countries.

Professor David Samuels is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and five books on Brazilian politics, political parties, inequality, regime change, voting behaviour, legislative politics, and decentralization, and is the author of the introductory textbook Comparative Politics, published by Pearson. He currently serves as co-editor of Comparative Political Studies. This lecture develops themes from his most recent book, Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach (with Ben Ansell) (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation award for "best book on politics, government, or international affairs," as well as the William H. Riker best book prize from the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association.

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