English title: Economic Inequality and Nonviolent Protest

Author(s): Frederick Solt -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015


Objective: Despite substantial theorizing, the relationship between economic inequality and participation in nonviolent protests has not been satisfactorily examined empirically. Methods: Using multilevel models of data from four waves of the European Social Survey, this article examines whether differences in inequality across countries and over time help explain people’s engagement in peaceful protest. Results: It finds that greater inequality reduces protest participation for all those with incomes below the top quintile. Conclusions: This result provides strong support for the relative power theory of political participation; the predictions of grievance and resource theories regarding inequality’s effects on protest are not supported.

Volume: 96

Issue: 5

From page no: 1314

To page no: 1327

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/SSQU.12198

Journal: Social Science Quarterly

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