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The Structure of Inequality and the Politics of Redistribution
American Political Science Review
Against the current consensus among comparative political economists, we argue that inequality matters for redistributive politics in advanced capitalist societies, but it is the structure of inequality, not the level of inequality, that matters. Our theory posits that middle-income voters will be inclined to ally with low-income voters and support redistributive policies when the distance between the middle and the poor is small relative to the distance between the middle and the rich. We testdoi:10.1017/s0003055411000128 fatcat:fwxcxvpwtjds5oevtzlprnlgu4