Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America
(Book)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Published
Princeton, N.J : New York : Princeton University Press ;, 2012.
ISBN
9780691153971, 0691153973, 9780691162423, 0691162425
Status

Description

Loading Description...

Also in this Series

Checking series information...

Copies

LocationCall NumberStatus
Prairie State College - StacksJK468.P64 G55 2012On Shelf

More Like This

Loading more titles like this title...

More Details

Format
Book
Physical Desc
xv, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language
English
UPC
7581670

Notes

General Note
Published in paperback: 2014.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-321) and index.
Description
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.

Reviews from GoodReads

Loading GoodReads Reviews.

Citations

APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gilens, M. (2012). Affluence and influence: economic inequality and political power in America . Princeton University Press ;.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gilens, Martin. 2012. Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America. Princeton, N.J : New York: Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gilens, Martin. Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America Princeton, N.J : New York: Princeton University Press, 2012.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gilens, Martin. Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America Princeton University Press ;, 2012.

Note! Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy. Citation formats are based on standards as of August 2021.

Staff View

Loading Staff View.