Ive Marx: "What Explains Low Countries' Exceptionalism when it comes to Income Inequality Trends?"

DEC 03, 2020 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM





December 03, 2020: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



Amidst a world-wide tide of rising inequality, the Low Countries stand out as having resisted this trend. These "exceptions" need to be better understood. We draw on Deaton’s (2016) hypothesis that a strong and well-organized civil society can constitute an effective counterweight against the drive towards inequality spurred by rent-seeking elites (Deaton 2013, Stiglitz 2012). Building on existing and expanded measures of social corporatism and civil society organizational strength we explore whether such a hypothesis can account for the vast country and time variations that exist when it comes to income inequality patterns. This sets the scene for in-depth case study research that brings to light the mechanisms through which organized interests mitigate inequality.

Ive Marx is Professor at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2012 until 2018. He is chair of the interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master Programme in Socio-Economic Sciences.

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