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Inequality and Democracy: Why Inequality Harms Consolidation but Does Not Affect Democratization
  • C. Houle
  • Political Science
  • 16 September 2009
Under what conditions do democracies emerge and consolidate? Recent theories suggest that inequality is among the leading determinants of both democratization and consolidation. By contrast, this
Changes in unmet health care needs.
The percentage of people reporting unmet health care needs rose gradually between 1994/95 and 1998/99, then doubled (from 6% to over 12%) between 1998/98 and 2000/01, and was most frequently reported for long waiting time.
Living at home or in an institution: what makes the difference for seniors?
While health status was strongly associated with residence in a long-term health care facility, the absence of a spouse, low income, low education, and advanced age were also significant.
Ethnic Inequality and the Dismantling of Democracy: A Global Analysis
Does inequality between ethnic groups destabilize democracies? While the literature largely agrees that inequality harms democracies, previous studies typically focus on the overall level of
The Structure of Ethnic Inequality and Ethnic Voting
Why do some ethnic groups vote along ethnic lines while others do not? In this article, we theorize that the level of ethnic voting depends, partially, on how ethnicity interacts with economic
Dimensions and dynamics of residential segregation by income in urban Canada, 1991–1996
Introduction The study of residential segregation has long been a staple of Anglo-American urban research. Racial segregation tends to be the overriding concern of studies of residential segregation
Do Civil Wars, Coups and Riots Have the Same Structural Determinants?
ABSTRACT The literature on political instability focuses on institutional and leader survival or outcomes like civil wars and coups. We suggest that this approach overlooks lower levels of
The Political and Economic Consequences of Populist Rule in Latin America
While populist rule has become increasingly prevalent in the developing world, much of our knowledge about its implications remains anecdotal and contradictory. In this article, we conduct the most
Inequality, ethnic diversity, and redistribution
Seminal political economy models from Meltzer and Richard, among others, theorize that, in democracies, more inequality should lead to more redistribution. Most country-level empirical studies find
Ethnic inequality and coups in sub-Saharan Africa
Does ethnic inequality breed coups? The recent literature on civil war shows both that inequality between ethnic groups induces war and, importantly, that civil wars and coups, although fundamentally