The Resource Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America, Martin Gilens

Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America, Martin Gilens

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Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America
Title
Affluence and influence
Title remainder
economic inequality and political power in America
Statement of responsibility
Martin Gilens
Title variation
Affluence & influence
Title variation remainder
economic inequality and political power in America
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy, but as this book demonstrates, America's policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged. Affluence and Influence definitively explores how political inequality in the United States has evolved over the last several decades and how this growing disparity has been shaped by interest groups, parties, and elections. With sharp analysis and a wide range of data, the author looks at thousands of proposed policy changes, and the degree of support for each among poor, middle-class, and affluent Americans. His findings are staggering: when preferences of low- or middle-income Americans diverge from those of the affluent, there is virtually no relationship between policy outcomes and the desires of less advantaged groups. In contrast, affluent Americans' preferences exhibit a substantial relationship with policy outcomes whether their preferences are shared by lower-income groups or not. The author shows that representational inequality is spread widely across different policy domains and time periods. Yet he also shows that under specific circumstances the preferences of the middle class and, to a lesser extent, the poor, do seem to matter. In particular, impending elections, especially presidential elections, and an even partisan division in Congress mitigate representational inequality and boost responsiveness to the preferences of the broader public. At a time when economic and political inequality in the United States only continues to rise, this book raises important questions about whether American democracy is truly responding to the needs of all its citizens
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gilens, Martin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.P64
LC item number
G55 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Political planning
  • Decision making
  • Equality
  • Representative government and representation
  • Pressure groups
  • Decision making
  • Equality
  • Political planning
  • Pressure groups
  • Representative government and representation
  • Repräsentation
  • Soziale Ungleichheit
  • Einkommensunterschied
  • Einflussnahme
  • United States
Label
Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America, Martin Gilens
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-321) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Citizen competence and democratic decision-making -- Data and methods -- The preference/policy link -- Policy domains and democratic responsiveness -- Interest groups and democratic responsiveness -- Parties, elections, and democratic responsiveness -- Democratic responsiveness across time -- Money and American politics
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 329 pages
Isbn
9780691162423
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012002445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
7581670
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)775271585
  • (OCoLC)ocn775271585
Label
Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America, Martin Gilens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Citizen competence and democratic decision-making -- Data and methods -- The preference/policy link -- Policy domains and democratic responsiveness -- Interest groups and democratic responsiveness -- Parties, elections, and democratic responsiveness -- Democratic responsiveness across time -- Money and American politics
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 329 pages
Isbn
9780691162423
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012002445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
7581670
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)775271585
  • (OCoLC)ocn775271585

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