Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age. Larry M. Bartels . One of the most basic principles of democracy is the notion that every. Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Unequal Democracy is social science at its very best. Unequal Democracy has ratings and 34 reviews. rmn said: This is political scientist Larry Bartels’ statistical look at the growing income inequality.
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Lays out in stats and charts what most people outside the Trump cult know. They suggest democgacy escalating inequality is not simply an inevitable economic trend—and that a great deal of economic inequality in the contemporary United States is specifically attributable to the policies and priorities of Republican presidents. It’s not that people are stupid, it’s that our entire political system is geared not only to get people to vote against their own interests, but also to favor the rich and their interests above all others.
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels
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Citing articles via Google Scholar. Accessible to advanced undergrads, but be prepared to provide explanations on basic stats. The story is not good for Republicans and conservatives, but this is not an ideological argument — it’s statistical analysis.
Bartels, being a Democrat, makes a strong case for government intervention to achieve greater balance and greater income equality. Dec 09, Sandeep rated it liked it.
T As the author wrote, ” Read more Read less. He provides revealing case studies of key policy shifts contributing to inequality, including the massive Bush tax cuts of and and the erosion of the minimum wage. Not suprisingly income growth was virtually the same for both parties the first, third, and fourth years. The author’s analyses refutes some commonly held assumptions regarding political opinions. Unequal Democracy is social science at its very best. Incredible measurement of political economic consciousness over the last 40 or so years.
The data and results of this book are quite astounding really. A careful comparison of the living standards barrtels poor children in 13 rich democracies in the ‘s found the United States ranking next to last Thoughtful, careful treatment of the causes of inequality in America.
Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Republican administrations and decreased slightly under Democrats, leaving America grossly unequal. Bartels shows that social issues do not create as strong a democrady against class-based voting as is often assumed and that lower income voters do tend to vote Democratic while upper-income voters do tend to vote Republican.
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Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
It should come as no surprise, then, that economic inequality has reached heights not seen since the Gilded Age. Inequality has gone up significantly sinceyears in which Republicans have won all but two presidential elections. Finally, he challenges conventional explanations for why many voters seem to vote against their own economic interests, contending that working-class voters have not been lured into the Republican camp by “values issues” like abortion and gay marriage, as commonly believed, but that Republican presidents have been remarkably successful in timing income growth to cater to short-sighted voters.
Want to Read saving…. This is not simply the result of economic forces, but the product of broad-reaching policy choices in a political system dominated by partisan ideologies and the interests of the wealthy. Larry Bartels’ “Unequal Democracy” is an exemplary work of accessible and relevant political science, which unfortunately has become so rare theses days, particularly in the subfield of American politics. What are essential, objective facts as opposed to subjective judgments or mistruths?
No need to believe the spin from either side anymore – just look at the data. While not necessarily advancing a novel thesis, or being the first to investigate the question of the effects of economic inequality on American democracy, Bartels uses a wealth of mostly survey data, statistical analysis, and case studies to provide a comprehensive answer to the question.
Stuffed with deep analysis of intriguing studies Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They suggest that escalating inequality is not simply an inevitable economic trend – and that a great deal of economic inequality in the contemporary United States is specifically attributable to the policies and priorities of Republican presidents.
It provides a deep and searching analysis of the political causes and consequences of America’s growing income gap, and a sobering assessment of the capacity of the American political system to live up to its democratic ideals.
It helps to be a little familiar with statistics to get everything he lays out, but he’s done a decent job of making most of it accessible to the layman.
Putnam, author of Bowling Alone. Lobbying activities by corporations and business and professional organizations have accelerated greatly, outpacing the growth of public interest groups.
May 21, Sean Chick rated it really liked it. He uses data and regression analysis to show that income inequality grows during Republican presidencies and rich people have more influence on how representatives vote. It was created by what has been called the Great Compression of incomes that took place during World Wat II and sustained for a generation by social norms that favored equality, strong labor unions, and progressive taxation.
Pages with related products. Using a vast swath of data spanning the past six decades, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths about politics in contemporary America, using the widening gap between the rich and the poor to shed disturbing light on the workings of American democracy. The Politics of Resentment: In addition to his books, he is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and of occasional pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other outlets.
Book explains how we got where we are today. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. This is a fascinatin Great glimpse at the uneqal that extreme capitalism brings to the democratic process. Democrats, despite producing higher overall income growth across all income segments and lower inequality, suffer from relatively poor growth during election years.
Mar 22, Sylvia rated it it was ok. He provides revealing case studies of key policy shifts contributing to inequality, including the massive Bush tax cuts of and and the erosion of the minimum wage.
Low-income people have very little influence but which party is in power makes a vast difference for their fate.