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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