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A Note on Economic Inequality and Democratization

Michael Dorsch () and Paul Maarek ()

Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, 2014, vol. 20, issue 4, 12

Abstract: 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.

Date: 2014
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