Opinions, Policies and Social Inequality: Dynamic Relationships and Effects
In times of retrenchment and liberalization, myriad forms of social inequality have deepened. Generally speaking, this negatively affects the welfare and well-being of large parts of various populations. Despite these social ills, members of the public seem complacent or at least not strongly reactive. Does this mean there is widespread support for liberalization and increasing social inequality? We know little about what causes what between opinion and inequality, and how policy impacts their interplay.
Filling this knowledge gap requires investigations of simultaneous, reciprocal causality between opinion, policy and inequality. In other words, any of the three may function as inputs or outcomes. In this session, we ask for papers that move us toward better understandings of the dynamic relationships between these three social phenomena. Any theory, data, statistics and measurement that disentangles some or all of the linkages between people, policies and stratification are welcome.