Politics and Inequality in Advanced Market Countries

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Politics and Inequalities
Fall 2023
Taught By: David Plotke
Section: A

CRN: 15427

Credits: 3

Why have inequalities become so politically contentious in the United States and other OECD countries? Economic inequality has long been present. In many countries, racial inequality has been durably important. Have these (and other) inequalities become sites of sharp political contention because they have not diminished or even grown? Are other factors at work? Why has economic inequality increased so much? Some accounts emphasize economic factors (the power of corporations, or returns to skills and education). Others center on social relations, such as changing family structures and immigration. Yet others claim that political institutions and policies play the crucial role. Competing accounts also address racial and ethnic inequality, in terms of economic dynamics, efforts to retain power by racial and ethnic majorities, and social and cultural hierarchies. We examine the sources and dynamics of inequalities. We also assess the sharp political and social conflicts about them. When is inequality unfair? When does it violate norms about justice, opportunity, and inclusion? This course is for M.A. and Ph.D. students in Politics at NSSR and for graduate students in other programs at TNS. A small number of seniors at Eugene Lang College may be admitted with the permission of the instructor.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:30pm EST 11/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 910
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023