Political Equality in Unequal Societies
Workshop on Participation, Representation and Public Policy

June 4 – 8, 2018 | Villa Vigoni (near Milan), Italy

Political Equality in Unequal Societies

Participation, Representation and Public Policy

Villa Vigoni | June 4–8, 2018


Monday, June 4

Arrival at the Villa Vigoni

19:00   Dinner

Tuesday, June 5

09:00   Welcome and Introduction: Claudia Landwehr & Armin Schäfer

09:15 – 10:45

Panel I: Social Selectivity and Unequal Voice

Panel chair: Armin Schäfer

Frank Nullmeier

The Social Selectivity of Political Procedures

Kay Schlozman

Unequal Political Voice in the New American Gilded Age:
Has It Always Been This Way?

10:45 – 11:15    Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45

Panel II: Wealth and Income Inequalities

Panel chair: Thomas Saalfeld


Hanna Lierse

Wealth Inequality and Democratic Representation

Laura Seelkopf

The Demise of the “Death Tax”:
The Worldwide Abolition of Inheritance Taxation, 1970–2017

13:00 – 14:30    Lunch

Participation, Representation, and Public Policy

Panel III: Political Geography of Inequality

Panel Chair: Kris-Stella Trump

Jessica Trounstine

The Local Geography of Inequality

Margaret Weir

Political Voice and the Politics of Spatial Inequality in the United States

16:00 – 16:30    Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00

Panel IV: Political Participation & Protest

Panel chair: Claudia Landwehr

Christopher Ojeda

Political Participation and Habit

Kris-Stella Trump

Black Lives Matter:
Evidence that Police-Caused Deaths Predict Protest Activity

Wednesday, June 6

9:00 – 10:30

Panel V: Unequal Efficacy

Panel chair: Armin Schäfer

Claudia Landwehr

Individual Resilience and Collective Action:
Causes of Unequal Political Efficacy

Jale Tosun

The Personal is Political:
How Experiences with Public Employment Services Impact Young People’s Political Efficacy


10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Panel VI: Politics against People?

Panel chair: Thomas Saalfeld

Jane Gingrich & Ben Ansell

Policy and Politics in Disjuncture

Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson

Plutocrats with Pitchforks:
The Distinctive Politics of Right-Wing Populism in the United States

13:00 – 14:30    Lunch break

Afternoon: Boat trip to Bellagio

Thursday, June 7

9:00 – 10:30

Panel VII: Inequality and the Welfare State

Panel chair: Claudia Landwehr

Philipp Rehm

Risks Perceptions

Ann Orloff

Gendered Labor Policies and Women’s Participatory Parity: Old Dilemmas and New Challenges

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

Panel VIII: Unequal Responsiveness and Welfare State Change

Panel chair: Armin Schäfer

Marius Busemeyer

Policy Feedback and Biases in Responsiveness in the Politics of the Social Investment State in Europe

Lea Elsässer

Representational Inequality and Welfare State Change

Staffan Kumlin

Welfare State Dissatisfaction and Political Distrust in Europe, 2008-2016

13:00 – 14:30    Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Panel IX: Non-Responsiveness and Political Protest

Panel chair: Kris-Stella Trump

Jonas Pontusson

Unequal Representation in Comparative Perspective:
Literature Review and Research Program

Silja Häusermann

Economic Grievances, Political Grievances and Non-responsiveness of Elites as Drivers of Political Protest

16:00 – 16:30   Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Panel X: Beyond Responsiveness?

Panel chair: Thomas Saalfeld

Armin Schäfer

Unequal Representation and the Populist Vote

Peter K. Enns

Reconsidering the Unequal Representation Thesis and Its Implications for Inequality in the United States


Friday, June 8: Departure
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22017 Menaggio (CO)

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