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Divide and deal [electronic resource] : the politics of distribution in democracies / edited by Ian Shapiro, Peter A. Swenson, and Daniela Donno.

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New York : New York University Press, c2008.
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1 online resource (366 p.)
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Subjects:
Distribution (Economic theory) -- Political aspects.
Income distribution -- Political aspects.
Distributive justice.
Democracy -- Economic aspects.
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Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Why are democracies so unequal? Despite the widespread expectation that democracy, via expansion of the franchise, would lead to redistribution in favor of the masses, in reality majorities regularly lose out in democracies. Taking a broad view of inequality as encompassing the distribution of wealth, risk, status, and well-being, this volume explores how institutions, individuals, and coalitions contribute to the often surprising twists and turns of distributive politics.The contributors hail from a range of disciplines and employ an array of methodologies to illuminate the central questions of democratic distributive politics: What explains the variety of welfare state systems, and what are their prospects for survival and change? How do religious beliefs influence people’s demand for redistribution? When does redistributive politics reflect public opinion? How can different and seemingly opposed groups successfully coalesce to push through policy changes that produce new winners and losers?The authors identify a variety of psychological and institutional factors that influence distributive outcomes. Taken together, the chapters highlight a common theme: politics matters. In seeking to understand the often puzzling contours of distribution and redistribution, we cannot ignore the processes of competition, bargaining, building, and destroying the political alliances that serve as bridges between individual preferences, institutions, and policy outcomes.
Contents:
Institutions
Welfare regimes and redistribution in the South / Jeremy Seekings
Distributional conflicts in mature welfare states / Isabela Mares
The politics of tax structure / Steffen Ganghof
AIDS, inequality, and access to antiretroviral treatment / Nicoli Nattrass
Distributive politics and formal institutions in new democracies : the effect of electoral rules on budget voting in the Russian state duma, 1994-2003 / Jana Kunicová
Individuals
Religion and social insurance : evidence from the United States, 1970-2002 / Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage
Moral values and distributive politics : an equilibrium analysis of the 2004 U.S. election / Woojin Lee and John Roemer
Giving the people what they want? Age, class, and distribution in the United States / Christopher Howard
Coalitions
Good distribution, bad delivery, and ugly politics : the traumatic beginnings of Germany's health care system / Peter A. Swenson
Democracy and distributive politics in India / Pranab Bardhan
The political uses of public opinion : lessons from the estate tax repeal / Mayling Birney, Ian Shapiro, and Michael J. Graetz.
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Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Shapiro, Ian.
Swenson, Peter.
Donno, Daniela.
ISBN:
0-8147-0883-8
0-8147-4076-6
OCLC:
782877899
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9780814708835 doi