Inequality and the Partisan Political Economy

  title={Inequality and the Partisan Political Economy},
  author={Brendan J. Connell and Dalton C. Dorr and Adrian J. Shin},
  pages={575 - 601}
ABSTRACT Inequality is shown to shape public policies with significant redistributive ramifications. As a measure of the poor median voter's dissatisfaction with the economic status quo, some scholars argue that it is an indicator of redistributive pressure. Yet for others, it is a proxy for the power asymmetry between the rich and the poor in policymaking. How does inequality affect redistributive tax policies? We offer an explanation based on policymaker ideology. We show that when inequality… 


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