Professor David Rueda publishes journal article with surprising conclusions about those who favour wealth redistribution

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In a recent article for the American Journal of Political Science, co-written with Daniel Stegmueller, David and Daniel ask, "Why is the difference in redistribution preferences between the rich and the poor high in some countries and low in others?"  They add, "In this article, we argue that it has a lot to do with the rich and very little to do with the poor."

It may seem intuitive that wealthier people in countries with high inequality are less likely to favour wealth distribution.  Their article suggests that this is not necessarily the case:

We will show that the rich in more unequal regions in Western Europe are more supportive of redistribution than the rich in more equal regions because of their concern with crime.

You can read more about this article by clicking here: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/publications/the-externalities-of-inequality-fear-of-crime-and-preferences-for-redistribution-in-western-europe.html

And a summary is also available here: http://ajps.org/2015/08/28/the-externalities-of-inequality-fear-of-crime-and-preferences-for-redistribution-in-western-europe/

Professor F. David Rueda is Professor of Comparative Politics, University Lecturer, Fellow, Nuffield College