Coalitions, carrots, and sticks: Economic inequality and authoritarian states

Mary Gallagher, Jonathan K. Hanson

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As the other articles in this symposium demonstrate, a country's level of economic inequality is a function of a complex set of historical, geographic, economic, and political factors. Given this complexity, it is unsurprising that a country's regime type by itself does not tell us much about its level of economic inequality. The predictions of the linear tax model aside (Meltzer and Richard 1981), democracies and non-democracies do not differ greatly in terms of their level and variation in inequality. Research focusing on democracies has helped identify some the sources of this variation, but inequality in authoritarian states remains relatively understudied. The growing body of work on authoritarian politics, however, provides a foundation for research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-672
Number of pages6
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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