Ekrem Karakoç

in Inequality After the Transition

Published in print September 2018 | ISBN: 9780198826927
Published online October 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191865831 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics


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This chapter returns to the research question of this study and briefly restates its argument and main findings. It discusses the role of explanatory factors of this study, namely party system institutionalization, turnout, social policy legacy in shaping welfare policies, and inequality in new democracies. Then it asks to what extent income inequality and political inequality foster one another, and argues for the importance of economic resources in creating political equality among citizens. The chapter ends with a discussion of the major debate on populism and democratic backsliding in new democracies, with a focus on Turkey and Poland. It emphasizes the conducive political and economic context that encouraged the rise of (populist) parties with nationalist/illiberal discourse and policies in these countries.

Keywords: inequality; party systems; social policy; turnout; populism; democratic backsliding; populism; political inequality

Chapter.  8161 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; European Union

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