2016 Conference


COES-LSE 2016 Conference

Santiago, November 2-4, 2016
In the last decade, inequality has taken centre stage in the global agenda. Since the 1970s, technological change and globalization are associated with increases in income inequality in advanced democracies and changes in inequality between countries. In Latin America, after an era of significant progress in poverty reduction following a boom in commodity prices, the region remains the most unequal in the world. Furthermore, actual income inequality is exacerbated by a greater level of awareness among the population of its implications for individuals. This has led to a resurgence of social movements claiming universal access to higher quality education, healthcare and environmental justice, as well as to a significant decrease in trust in political institutions, which in turn undermines the functioning of both societies and democracies.

Globally, an accumulation process with a tendency to concentrate wealth in the hands of a very small elite is associated with recent changes in inequality. The political influence of this elite has raised concerns about the legitimacy of democratic representation. The impact of "inequality at the top” on the accumulation of economic, political, social and cultural capital in society as a whole remains understudied. Technological change, the transformation of production, wealth concentration, migration and the search for belonging, give rise to new forms of inequality and segregation that the social sciences are just beginning to explore.

The COES-LSE 2016 conference seeks to contribute to the debate on social inequalities in democratic societies in the XXI century, with special focus on inequalities in Latin America. The conference themes include:

• Inequalities in the XXI century
• Inequality and Globalization
• Inequality, Public Policy and Social Change
• Urban Inequality
• Inequality and Culture
• Political Inequality in Democratic Societies
• Inequalities in Latin America