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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Gilens shows that representational inequality is spread widely across different policy domains and time periods. Jake rated it really liked it Aug 05, This deservedly prize-winning book offers compelling new evidence that affluent Americans have much more influence than their fellow citizens and that this disparity is growing.
This is an important book, representing an excellent piece of scholarship that will shape the debate about public opinion and American democracy for years to come. He discusses the roles of the two major parties.
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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens
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Can affluwnce country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich?
Containing scrupulous analysis and well-supported claims, Affluence and Influence will have great scholarly impact and reach broad audiences concerned with American politics, public policy, and democratic theory. Set up a giveaway. That’s the good news. Average people tend to have shallow knowledge, put their immediate interests first, and may make impulsive decisions that lead to disaster. Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all”.
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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
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 book finds that both parties tend to engage in policymaking that are immune to the preferences of the public.
His findings are staggering: When I finished 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’. See all 19 reviews.
Prof Gilens does an excellent job of correlating government policy decision against economic strata providing an in depth look and the nexus of policy decision versus citizen preference based on affluence.
Gilens compiles a massive data set of public opinion surveys invluence subsequent policy outcomes, and reaches a shocking conclusion: Also, some knowledge of statistics would be very useful for the reader. Further, citizens are responsive to changing conditions.
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The author concedes that increases in minimum wage does correlate with Democrats being in power and reduction in Estate taxes with the Republicans. The ultimate inference of the findings are captured in the following stunning statement: 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 affluencr the needs of all its citizens.
With sharp analysis and an impressive range of data, Martin Gilens looks at thousands of afvluence policy changes, and the degree of support for each among poor, middle-class, and affluent Americans. David Kaib rated it really liked it Jul 23, Hardcoverpages. Yet Gilens also shows that under specific circumstances the preferences of the middle class and, to a lesser extent, the poor, do seem to matter.