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

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Yusaku Horiuchi

Dartmouth College - Department of Government

Date Written: March 30, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Horiuchi, Yusaku, Malapportionment and Income Inequality: A Cross-National Analysis (March 30, 2011). British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 179-183, January 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1799670

Yusaku Horiuchi (Contact Author)

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