New journal issue dedicated to “Consequences of Economic Inequality”

Herman van de Werfhorst and Wiemer Salverda edited a journal issue just published by Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (vol. 30:4) which is now available. The issue is dedicated to “Consequences of Economic Inequality”. Apart from an extensive introduction, it contains seven contributions that were selected from the responses to a call for contributions put out at the end of 2010. The issue fits the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) international research project, a worldwide undertaking supported by the European 7th Framework. Herman and Wiemer are coordinating members of the project.

The aim of the issue is to consider the two main theoretical perspectives on the channels by which inequality can exert its effects: the ‘psychosocial’ and ‘neo-material’ respectively. The former perspective focuses on individual status and stratification, the latter on the resources that people have at their disposal. The contributions cover a wide array of fields where effects may occur. They discuss the support for democracy, electoral participation, solidarity, well-being, health, intergenerational mobility, and deprivation. Take together the issue provides support for the view the inequality can enhance not only the differences in resources at the disposal of persons and households, but also the association of these resources with effects in those fields.

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