Professor Ben Ansell’s book quoted in the New York Times

Ben Ansell has had his research featured in a New York Times article (20 December) entitled ‘The Tax Bill Shows the G.O.P.’s Contempt for Democracy’.


Ben’s co-authored 2015 book is used to refute the idea that more democratization will result in redistribution of wealth from the richest to the poorest.

“In Inequality and Democratization,” the article states, “the political scientists Ben W. Ansell and David J. Samuels show that this demand for political inclusion generally isn’t driven by a desire to use the existing institutions to plunder the elites. It’s driven by a desire to keep the elites from continuing to plunder them.

The full article can be read here: