Malapportionment and Income Inequality: A Cross-National Analysis
British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 179-183, January 2004
Posted: 4 Apr 2011 Last revised: 28 Sep 2011
Date Written: March 30, 2011
Samuels and Snyder (BJPS, 2001) presented the index of malapportionment (i.e., the discrepancy between seat shares and population shares by electoral districts) in national legislatures for seventy eight countries. This short research note uses their index and the Gini index, a commonly used measure of income inequality, and shows that democracies with a high level of income inequality tend to have a high level of inequality in representation.
Keywords: malapportionment, income inequality, Gini index, political representation
JEL Classification: D72
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