Affluence & Influence. Economic Inequality and Political Power in America. Martin Gilens. Department of Politics. Princeton University. Book review: Martin Gilens Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America and Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry. In Affluence and Influence, Martin Gilens explores the question of who gets represented in American democracy. The central thesis of the book.
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Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Policy gllens favored by the rich are substantially more likely than policy outcomes supported by those in the middle and bottom of the income distribution. The subject matter and the xffluence were interesting and it made me want to read the book. Oct 19, Billie Pritchett rated it liked it Shelves: Too important for academics alone, this is required reading for any citizen, or anyone anywhere trying to understand how history’s most important democracy has lost its way.
The founding fathers were well aware of observations since Plato and Aristotle that if the opinions of invluence people run the political show the results are likely to be bad. 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.
Brandon rated it it was amazing Mar 15, It is sort of an extended version of a paper that Gilens coauthored with Benjamin Page. Meanwhile, the overall impact of median voters has dropped to almost zero when considered as an independent public policy factor.
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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens
Democracy has a strong tendency to simply supply the policies favored by the rich. The book could have been better written and not been so esoteric in the way it addresses the afflunce.
Sign In or Create an Account. When I gielns the book, I thought that the author has covered the gist of his arguments in the title itself, namely ‘Economic Inequality and Political Power in America’. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Chris Campano rated it really liked intluence Jul 29, Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Next, while the Democratic party has come to be identified more with immigrants and poor people, and the Republican party identified with business and the rich, he shows that in power the Democratic party has had narrower representation of public opinion than the Republican Party.
It is sort of an extended version of a paper that Gilens coauthored with Benjamin Page. In Affluence and InfluenceMartin Gilens explores the question of who gets represented in American democracy.
Set up a giveaway. Gilens writes as if his audience is an academic audience, and he frequently refers to studies and debates that take place that I imagine the ordinary intelligent reader is going to have no idea about.
Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
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.
Not only does he do an excellent job of explaining in understandable terms he also provides the data he culled through and provides insight on the statistical methodologies used.
Evidence from Administrative Data. Although both parties are more responsive to the majority in election years, data shows that policies enacted in election years are more likely to be de-funded later than is legislation enacted in non-election years. Customers who bought this item also bought.
The author concedes that increases in minimum wage does correlate with Democrats being in power and reduction in Estate taxes with the Republicans. Princeton University Press- Political Science – pages.
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This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. I find the book unusual and important because unlike most academics Gilens does not present data confirming preconceived concepts or ideas.
Gilens recognizes that the often-cited measurements of legislators based on their voting record may be too crude a measure. In most circumstances, affluent Americans exert substantial influence over the policies adopted by the federal government, and less well off Americans exert virtually none. That’s the inescapable conclusion of this incredibly powerful and beautifully written book. At a time when economic and political inequality in the United States only continues to rise, Affluence and Influence raises important questions about whether American democracy is truly responding to the needs of all its citizens.
Ans is demonstrated well through a substantive look at the Lyndon Johnson administration in the s and expressed through the following results: I conclude by discussing a few shortcomings in the analysis and identifying some questions for future work that Read more influenfe blog For permissions, please e-mail: Page, Northwestern University “This book addresses fundamental questions about equality infljence democratic responsiveness in the United States, and concludes that government policies are more responsive to affluent citizens than to others less well off.
Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. With sharp analysis and an impressive range of data, Martin Gilens looks at thousands of proposed policy changes, and the degree of support for each among poor, middle-class, and affluent Americans.
The data shows that over the last few decades the affluent’s influence on policy has been increasing. Aug 21, David rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
The central thesis of the book is that American democracy is not equally responsive to the rich and the poor.
InCongressional campaign spending adjusted for inflation was 4 times as large as in Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
Is your work missing from RePEc? 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 Influecne book shows how better-off Americans sway elections and get the laws they want.
He wanted to find out how influential rich or poor people were on public policymaking and designed his research to let the facts rather than his opinions speak.