Inequality and anti-globalization backlash by political parties

  • Burgoon B
  • 54


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 15


    Citations of this article.


Does income inequality increase political backlash against European and global integra- tion? This paper reports research suggesting that it can. The article analyses party opposition to and support for trade openness, European Union integration and general internationalism of political party platforms in advanced industrial democracies between 1960 and 2008. It finds that inequality tends to increase anti-globalization positions of parties, net of pro-globalization positions, an effect that does not significantly differ across party families or levels of actual globalization. This effect, however, does depend on, and is diminished by, generous redistributive policies. These findings clarify socio-economic conditions underlying the backlash against political and economic globalization.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Anti-globalization
  • European Union
  • Euroscepticism
  • cross-sectional time series
  • gini index
  • globalization
  • inequality
  • internationalism
  • political economy
  • political parties
  • trade

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Brian Burgoon

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free