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WIDER Working Paper;2019/76

On the Political and Social Consequences of Economic Inequality: Civic Engagement in Colombia

Published on 1 January 2019

This paper investigates the impact of inequality on individual civic engagement at the community level, whether this impact persists over time, and what mechanisms may shape the relationship between inequality and civic engagement.

The results show that inequality in Colombia is associated with increases in individual participation in political organisations, including increased membership, meeting attendance, and assumption of leadership roles. Mechanisms explaining this effect include elite influence, strong connectivity between community members, and high individual aspirations. The effect is strongest in the medium term and weakens over time.

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Justino, P.; Arjona, A.; Camilo Cárdenas, J.; María Ibáñez, A. and Arteaga, J. (2019) On the Political and Social Consequences of Economic Inequality: Civic Engagement in Colombia, WIDER Working Paper 2019/76, Helsinki: UNU-WIDER

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Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

Ana Arjona

Associate Professor at Northwestern University

Juan Camilo Cárdenas

Ana María Ibáñez

Julián Arteaga

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Universidad de Los Andes UNU-WIDER
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published by
UNU-WIDER
doi
10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2019/710-1
isbn
978-92-9256-710-1
issn
1798-7237
language
en_US

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Colombia

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