Theme 1: Inequality and redistribution



The financial crisis of 2007-8 focussed attention on questions of inequality, especially on the degree to which the burden of taxation and the benefits of public investment are shared between state, citizens and domestic and multinational firms. A range of social, cultural and political cleavages is becoming increasingly associated with levels of economic inequality. Likewise, conflicts revolving around aggravating generational and educational inequalities are increasingly tied to socio-economic divisions. Certainly, the extent of these inequalities differs between countries, but so does the extent to which those disadvantaged by them organise and demand that states, regional and local governments, as well as the European Union deal with them and implement appropriate policy responses.

The following publications by the Governance consortia relate to the inequality and redistribution:



  • Suh, E., & James, H., (Forthcoming book chapter). The social, cultural and economic influences on retirement saving for the younger generation in Britain. in Old Age security in the light of rising labour market uncertainty (working title), edited by Dirk Hofaecker and Kati Kuitto. Edward Elgar.
  • James, H., & Buffel, T. (2022). Co-research with older people: a systematic literature review. Ageing and Society, 1 – 27. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X21002014.
  • James, H. (2021). Individual pension decision-making in a financialised landscape: a typology of everyday approaches. Journal of Cultural Economy. 14:6, 627 – 643. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2021.1927146.
  • James, H., & Agunsoye, A. (2022). The gendered construction of risk in asset accumulation for retirement. New Political Economy. DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2022.21497200
  • Golka, P. (2023). The allure of finance: Social impact investing and the challenges of assetization in financialized capitalism. Economy and Society, 52:1, 62-86, DOI: 10.1080/03085147.2023.2151221
  • Goijaerts, J., Van der Zwan, N. & Bussemaker, J. (2022). Health and the social investment state. Journal of European Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2022.2038239 
  • Fernández, J., Wiß, T., Anderson, K. M. (2023). Issue salience and feedback effects: the case of pension reforms. Journal of European Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2023.2263051
  • Golka, P., van der Zwan, N., & van der Heide, A. (2024). Financialization and assetization: Assets as sites of financial power struggles. Economy and Society, 53(1), 112–134. https://doi.org/10.1080/03085147.2024.2307783
  • van der Zwan, N., & Golka, P. (2024). Regulation from the inside? Internal supervision in Dutch pension funds. Competition & Change, 28(1), 93-122. https://doi.org/10.1177/10245294231167657


  • Khir-Allah, G. (2021). Framing Hijab in the European Mind: Press Discourse, Social Categorization and Stereotypes. Springer Nature. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-1653-2.
  • Sánchez-Domínguez, M., Brey, E. (2021). Expectativas educativas en España: una mirada a los descendientes de los inmigrantes de Marruecos, Colombia, República Dominicana. In Aparicio Gómez, R., y Portes, A., Los nuevos españoles: la incorporación de los hijos de inmigrantes / coord. por Rosa Aparicio Gómez, Barcelona: Bellaterra. [Educational expectations in Spain: a look at the descendants of immigrants from Morocco, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, in The new Spaniards: the incorporation of the children of immigrants].
  • Conti, B. (2021). Trajectoires comparées en milieu carcéral : questionner le lien entre (non) radicalisation et prison, CAREP, On line: https://www.carep-paris.org/publications/axes-de-recherche/identite-religion-et-politique/papiers-de-recherche-identite/trajectoires-comparees-en-milieu-carceral-questionner-le-lien-entre-non-radicalisation-et-prison/.
  • Poli, A., Franc, R., Pavlović, T. (2023), « What is the Connection between Inequalities and Radicalisation ? Reviewing the Evidence Base », in Hilary Pilkington (ed.), Why don’t Young People Radicalise? Trajectories of Radicalisation and Non-Radicalisation in Europe, New York, Berghahn Books.


  • Gallego, A., & Kurer T. (2022). Automation, Digitalization, and Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace: Implications for Political Behavior. Annual Review of Political Science. http://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-051120-104535
  • Gallego, A., Kuo, A., Manzano, D., & Fernández-Albertos, J. (2022). Technological Risk and Policy Preferences. Comparative Political Studies, 55(1), 60–92. https://doi.org/10.1177/00104140211024290
  • Gallego, A., Kurer, T., & Schöll, N. (2022). Neither Left-Behind nor Superstar: Ordinary Winners of Digitalization at the Ballot Box. The Journal of Politics, 84(1). 418-436. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/suppl/10.1086/714920
  • Kurer, T., Häusermann, S. (2022). Automation Risk, Social Policy Preferences and Political Participation. In. Busemeyer, Marius, Achim Kemmerling, Kees van Kersbergen and Paul Marx (eds.), Digitalization and the Welfare State, Oxford University Press
  • Kurer, T., & van Staalduinen, B. (2022). Disappointed Expectations: Downward Mobility and Electoral Change. American Political Science Review. OnlineFirst. doi:10.1017/S0003055422000077
  • Bürgisser, R. (2022). Policy Responses to Technological Change in the Workplace. Working Paper Series of the Joint Research Council of the European Commission.
  • Garritzmann, J., Häusermann, S., & Palier, B. (2022). Social Investments in the Knowledge Economy. Social Policy & Administration.
  • Häusermann, S., & Kurer, T. (2022). Automation and Social Policy: Which Policy Response do At-risk Workers Support? In M. Busemeyer, A. Kemmerling, K. van Kersbergen, & P. Marx (Eds.), Digitalization and the Welfare State. Oxford University Press.
  • Schoell, N., & Kurer, T. (2023). How Technological Change affects Regional Voting Patterns. Political Science and Research Methods. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/spol.12874
  • Gallego, A., & Kurer, T. (2022). Workplace Automation and Digitalization: Implications for Political Behavior. Annual Review of Political Science. https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-polisci-051120-104535
  • Bürgisser, R. (2023). Policy Responses to Technological Change in the Workplace. JRC Working Paper Series on Social Class in the Digital Age 2023/04https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/publications/policy-responses-technological-change-workplace_en
  • Bicchi, N., Kuo, A., & Gallego, A. (2023). Workers Support for Policies to Address Digitalization-Related Risks. JRC Working Paper Series on Social Class in the Digital Age 2023/01. https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/publications/workers-support-policies-address-digitalization-related-risks_en 


  • Vermassen, D., Caluwaerts, D., & Erzeel, S. (forthcoming). Speaking for the Voiceless? Representative Claims-Making on Behalf of Future Generations in Belgium. Parliamentary Affairs. https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsac002.
  • García-Sánchez, E., Castillo, J. C., Rodríguez-Bailón, R., & Willis, G. B. (2022).The Two Faces of Support for Redistribution in Colombia: Taxing the Wealthy or Assisting People in Need. Frontiers in Sociology, 7. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsoc.2022.773378.
  • Grozev, V.H., & Easterbrook, M.J. (2022). The relationships of employed students to non-employed students and non-student work colleagues: Identity implications. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 22, 712– 734. https://doi.org/10.1111/asap.12315
  • Spruyt, B., Van Droogenbroeck, F., & Kavadias, L. (2022). The perceived quality, fairness of and corruption in education in Europe. Oxford Review of Education. DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2022.2136152
  • García-Castro, J. D., García-Sánchez, E., Willis, G. B., Castillo, J. C., & Rodríguez-Bailón, R. (2022). Perceived Economic Inequality Measures and Their Association With Objective Inequality and Redistributive Preferences. Social Psychology, 53(5), 277–291. DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000498 
  • Kesberg, R., Brandt, M.J., Easterbrook, M.J., Spruyt, B. & Turner-Zwinkels, F. (2023). Finding (Dis-) Advantaged System Justifiers – A bottom-up approach to explore system justification theory. European Journal of Social Psychology. Accepted for publication in the European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Spruyt, B., & Van Droogenbroeck, F. (2024). Worlds apart? An empirical assessment of education as a social boundary among young people in Flanders. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09620214.2024.2318316


  • Nölke, A. (2022). Nationale Kapitalismusmodelle und wirtschaftliche De-Globalisierung. In: Stefan Schirm, Andreas Busch, Susanne Lütz, Stefanie Walter and Hubert Zimmermann (eds.). De-Globalisierung: Forschungsstand und Perspektiven. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 19-38.
  • Sallai, D. (2023). Populists in Power—the Impact on Interest Representation and Firm-level Nonmarket Strategies. In M. Feldmann & G. Morgan (Eds.), Business and Populism: The Odd Couple? (pp. 285–306). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192894335.003.0014
  • Kinderman, D. (2023). Business Associations and Right-wing Populism. In M. Feldmann & G. Morgan (Eds.), Business and Populism: The Odd Couple? (pp. 263–284). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192894335.003.0013


  • Claassen, C. (2022). Diversity does not harm public support for political systems Christopher. University of Glasgow. http://chrisclaassen.com/docs/diversity_democracy_190822.pdf
  • Zumbrunn, A., & Freitag, M. (2023). The geography of autocracy. Regime preferences along the rural-urban divide in 32 countries. Democratization. DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2023.2171995
  • Henderson, A., Johns, R., Larner, J. M., & Carman, C. J. (2022). The Referendum that Changed a Nation. Springer Nature.
  • Horno, R. G. D., Rico, G., Hernández, E. (2023). Do they feel like they don’t matter? The rural-urban divide in external political efficacy. West European Politics, 46.https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2023.2261085
  • Häusermann, S., Kurer, T., & Zollinger, D. (2023). Aspiration Versus Apprehension: Economic Opportunities and Electoral Preferences. British Journal of Political Science, 53(4), 1230–1251. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007123423000145
  • Zumbrunn, A. (2024). Country Bumpkin or City Slicker? The Role of Place of Living and Place-Based Identity in Explaining Place-Based Resentment. Political Research Quarterly, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/10659129241230541
  • Zumbrunn, A. (2024). Confidence across cleavage: the Swiss rural–urban divide, place-based identity and political trust. Swiss Political Science Review, 30, 46–65. https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12586


  • Roger, C., Jordana, J., Holesch, A., & Schmitt, L. (2022). Global Governance Research. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 28(4), 486-508. DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02804002