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Democracy in America? What has gone wrong and what we can do about it.

Author: Benjamin I Page; Martin Gilens
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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America faces daunting problems stagnant wages, high health care costs, neglected schools, deteriorating public services. Yet the government consistently ignores the needs of its citizens, paying attention instead to donors and organized interests. Real issues are held hostage to demagoguery, partisanship beats practicality, and trust in government withers along with the social safety net. How did we get here?  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin I Page; Martin Gilens
ISBN: 9780226508962 022650896X
OCLC Number: 1016838054
Description: 352 p.
Contents: More democracy --
Unequal wealth distorts politics --
What has gone wrong --
Thwarting the will of the people --
The political clout of wealthy Americans --
Corporations and interest groups --
Polarized parties and gridlock --
What can be done --
Equal voice for all citizens --
Overcoming gridlock and democratizing institutions --
How to do it --
A social movement for democracy --
Signs of progress.
Responsibility: Benjamin I. Page; Martin Gilens.

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America faces daunting problems stagnant wages, high health care costs, neglected schools, deteriorating public services. Yet the government consistently ignores the needs of its citizens, paying attention instead to donors and organized interests. Real issues are held hostage to demagoguery, partisanship beats practicality, and trust in government withers along with the social safety net. How did we get here? Through decades of dysfunctional government. In Democracy in America? veteran political observers Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens marshal an unprecedented array of evidence to show that while other countries have responded to a rapidly changing economy by helping people who've been left behind, the United States has failed to do so. Instead, we have actually exacerbated inequality, enriching corporations and the wealthy while leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. What's the solution? More democracy. More opportunity for citizens to shape what their government does. To repair our democracy, Page and Gilens argue, we must change the way we choose candidates and conduct our elections, reform our governing institutions, and curb the power of money in politics.

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