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A Note on Economic Inequality and Democratization

  • Michael T. Dorsch EMAIL logo and Paul Maarek


This brief note revisits the empirical relation between economic inequality and instances of democratization. We argue that economic inequality may be an explanatory factor only following macroeconomic downturns. Our point generalizes – empirical peace scientists examining the likelihood of major political events should consider the possibility that explanatory structural factors may have heterogeneous impacts across macroeconomic cycles.

Corresponding author: Michael T. Dorsch, Central European University, School of Public Policy, Nádor u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary, E-mail:


We are grateful to an anonymous referee and the editor for their critical comments.


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