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

America’s Two Worlds of Welfare:
Subnational Institutions and Social Assistance in Metropolitan America


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



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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