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Democratic Governance and Social Inequality

Joseph S. Tulchin, editor, with Amelia Brown
Democratic Governance and Social Inequality
ISBN: 978-1-58826-028-4
2002/205 pages/LC: 2001048643

"Thoughtful and wide-ranging.... Highly recommended."—Choice


This controversial book examines the challenges that social inequities present to democratic governance.

The authors argue that issues of poverty and inequality—far from diminishing—are becoming even more important in the present global environment. They consider the effects of globalization on the distribution of income and wealth within state borders, the impact of inequality on the stability and quality of democratic governance, and the future of vulnerable democracies in light of an apparent decline in the ability of federal governments to reduce inequality. Bridging political and economic concerns, the book is an important step toward coming to terms with the crucial socioeconomic dimensions of democracy and democratic transitions.


Joseph S. Tulchin is former director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Amelia Brown is a Fulbright scholar in Ottawa; she is a former program associate at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


  • Introduction: Globalization, Social Inequality, and Democracy—B. Lamounier.
  • Democracy, Inequality, and the Reconstitution of Politics—S. Friedman.
  • Progress and Poverty Revisited: Toward Construction of a Statist Third Way—T.J. Lowi.
  • A Clash of Ideologies: International Capitalism and the State in the Wake of the Asian Crisis—J. Rocamora.
  • South Africa—X. Mangcu.
  • Latin America—J. Hartlyn.
  • South Korea—C. Moon and J. Yang.
  • Toward a New Economic Paradigm: Crafting a Research Agenda for the Twenty-first Century—B. Lamounier, S. Friedman, and J.S. Tulchin.