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