Institutions and Political Inequality
The institutions and political inequality research unit focuses on the political economy of social and political inequality.
Our research is concentrated in four clusters: horizontal contestation, vertical linkages, exclusion, and elite connections. These clusters derive broadly from a focus on two types of social division: horizontal divisions between identity groups, and vertical divisions between those that have more or less access to political power.
- Work in the vertical linkages cluster focuses on the ways that citizens can exercise control over political elites, and how elites in turn act to represent, influence, or repress citizens.
- Work in the horizontal contestation cluster focuses on between-group divisions, the effects of such divisions, and on strategies to best address horizontal divisions.
- The political exclusion cluster focuses on responses to exclusion from political power include protest and violence, but also fleeing and hiding.
- The elite connections cluster focuses on the ways that political power is concentrated and how economic inequality translates into political inequality.