English title: Political Sources of Government Redistribution in High-Income Countries

Author(s): Vincent Mahler - David Jesuit - Piotr Paradowski -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013


This chapter explores the relationship between political participation and income redistribution in high-income countries, with particular focus on middle-income groups. The first part describes government redistribution as it affects the second, third, and fourth income quintile groups, employing data from the LIS Database. The second conducts a cross-national analysis that considers the sources of variation in redistribution toward and away from individual middle-income groups, with particular focus on electoral turnout, the partisan orientation of ruling cabinets, and union density. The third employs data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems and the European Social Survey to calculate rates of political participation by middle-income groups, including voting, union membership, contacting public officials, and participating in protests or demonstrations. The overall conclusion is that political participation does matter, but that its relationship to redistribution varies by mode of participation and by income subgroup within the middle class.

From page no: 145

To page no: 172

Anthology: Income inequality: Economic disparities and the middle class in affluent countries

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