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Affluence and influence : economic inequality and political power in America

Author: Martin Gilens
Publisher: Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press ; New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Gilens
ISBN: 9780691153971 0691153973 9780691162423 0691162425
OCLC Number: 775271585
Awards: Winner of American Political Science Association: Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award 2013.
Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
Description: xv, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
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Other Titles: Affluence & influence :
Responsibility: Martin Gilens.

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