This course will introduce students to the topics of economic and political inequality, and the relation between inequality and politics. We will consider the different measures of income inequality and the distribution of income within countries over time. Next, we will draw comparisons between countries. What are the predictions of increased economic inequality for prospects of democratisation? Do democracies redistribute more? Why do elites extent the right to vote? Does economic growth generate income inequality? Do political institutions underlie persistent differences in economic inequality? Or do differences in economic opportunities shape the types of institutions chosen?
Methods of instruction
The course will consist of a combination of lectures and class discussions. A different topic will be considered each week, and the discussion will center on one or two main academic articles.
At the first lecture the study material will be announced