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Author Gilens, Martin.

Title Affluence and influence [Axis 360 electronic resource] : economic inequality and political power in America / Martin Gilens.

Imprint Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press ; New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 329 p.) : ill.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-321) and index.
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.
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 an impressive range of
Subject Political planning -- United States.
Decision making -- United States.
Equality -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Pressure groups -- United States.
Decision making (OCoLC)fst00889035
Equality (OCoLC)fst00914456
Political planning (OCoLC)fst01069460
Pressure groups (OCoLC)fst01075954
Representative government and representation (OCoLC)fst01094941
United States (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Other Form: Print version: Gilens, Martin. Affluence and influence. Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press ; New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2012 9780691153971 (DLC) 2012002445 (OCoLC)775271585
ISBN 9781400844821 (electronic bk.)
1400844827 (electronic bk.)
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