The politics of group-based inequalities – measurement, implications, and possibilities for change

This component of the ‘Disadvantaged Groups and Social Mobility’ project aims to shed new light on the extent to which inequalities run along ethnic, gender, and other communal lines, as well as understanding the determinants of these group-based inequalities, including the potential for change. Furthermore, the research considers impact of these inequalities on development and structural transformation. It complements previous work by UNU-WIDER on horizontal inequality and inclusive growth, with particular attention to distilling and developing key perspectives from political science and supporting interdisciplinary collaboration.

The research is organized into three broad areas:

  • Measurement of patterns and trends in group-based inequalities within and across countries
  • Political implications of group-based inequalities for democratic governance
  • Possibilities of mitigating group-based inequalities, with focus on rule of law and legal empowerment reforms

Each area includes a collaborative component, which will form the basis of an edited collection on the topic. The work involves contributions from a diverse mix of senior and junior scholars from multiple institutions.

Research findings also will be communicated to research and policy communities through other freely-available academic publications, policy and research briefs, and targeted events.