Edward L. Glaeser

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science


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This article focuses on the concept of inequality, beginning with its main causes. It reviews the second half of the causal chain between inequality and politics, namely the impact of inequality on government. The review also examines the special question of ‘American exceptionalism’, which refers to the question of why there is less redistribution and more inequality in the USA than in Europe.

Keywords: inequality; main causes; causal chain; politics; impact; government; American exceptionalism; redistribution

Article.  7193 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy ; Comparative Politics

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