Welcome to the website of Unequal Democracies! 

Unequal Democracies is a five-year research program, directed by Jonas Pontusson and funded by the European Research Council (Advanced Grant 741538).  Started in September, 2017, the Unequal Democracies Project explores how rising income and wealth inequality affects the way that political processes in liberal democracies work.

General themes

Our core premise is that two distinct streams of recent research must be brought together in order to address this overarching question of how income and wealth inequality affects democratic politics. One of these research streams focuses on how inequality affects the policy preferences of different citizens; the other research stream addresses the effects of inequality on the responsiveness of parties and governments to the policy preferences of different citizens.

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International advisory board

Administrative contact information 


Upcoming events:

Seminar Spring 2022 : Room M4393 and https://unige.zoom.us/j/61419937057
March 3, 2022:
"From Fairness evaluation to preferences and vote: An Analysis of individuals’   demand for redistribution in 14 countries."
Davy-Kim Lascombes (University of Geneva)