Working Paper

Innovation series;5

Can Participation ‘fix’ Inequality? Unpacking the Relationship Between the Economic and Political Citizenship

Published on 1 April 2016

This paper, based on a lecture given at the University of Sussex, UK, takes on the issue of growing inequality.

Arguing that we know more about how economic inequality affects political participation than we do about how participation and voice (for greater civic and political equity, for example) affect economic inequality, he describes on going work to identify participatory practices that offer some precedents for linking strategies for narrowing political and economic gaps from below. These combinations in turn contribute to challenging these intersecting inequalities and hold promise for transformative solutions across the global North and South.


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John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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published by
Coady International Institute
Gaventa, John
Innovation Series, issue 5


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