Domination through Democracy: Does Political Equality Produce Rising Social and Economic Inequality?

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

International Roundtable

March 6, 2019: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Democracies disperse political power through full participation and one vote for each citizen.  This should result in more wealth equality as a matter of government policy. Right?


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Event Details

By definition, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships exclude the vast majority of the people from the political process. History demonstrates that when the few are empowered in this way, they tend to grab most of the society's wealth for themselves and inequality is rampant. By definition, democracies disperse political power through full participation and one vote for each citizen. It is a radically equal political arrangement. Logically, this should result in more wealth equality as a matter of government policy. But does it?


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Speaker Profiles

Jeffrey Winters (Speaker)
Chair, Political Science Department, Northwestern University

Jeffrey Winters is chair of the Political Science Department and director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies Program. He specializes on the interplay between participation power (democracy) and wealth power (oligarchy) across a range of ancient and contemporary cases. His 2011 book, Oligarchy, won the Luebbert Award for the Best Book in Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. In recognition of excellence in teaching, Northwestern's Associated Student Government named Professor Winters to their Faculty Honor Roll in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013. In 2014, the Political Science Department awarded him the Farrell Teaching Prize. His talk today is drawn from research on a new book project entitled "Domination through Democracy."


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