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A Note on Economic Inequality and Democratization

Michael T. Dorsch / Paul Maarek
  • University of Cergy-Pontoise, Department of Economics (THEMA), 33 boulevard du Port, 95011 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
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Published Online: 2014-10-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2014-0025


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.

Keywords: democratization; inequality; growth downturns; political economy


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

Published Online: 2014-10-24

Published in Print: 2014-12-01

Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Volume 20, Issue 4, Pages 599–610, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, ISSN (Print) 1079-2457, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2014-0025.

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