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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influenfe Political scientists need afrluence follow politics once in awhile. Using public opinion and policy data in innovative ways, this eye-opening book explores the reasons for unequal government responsiveness to citizen preferences.
Other editions – View all Affluence and Influence: Karsten Dierk rated it really liked it Jul 07, The book also has a humbling lesson for people like me who believe that the Democratic Party is a party of the less-privileged and the working class whereas the Republican Party is that of the well-to-do.
That’s the inescapable conclusion of this incredibly powerful and beautifully written book.
Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
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. Because of Democratic Party dominance after the Kennedy assassination the Johnson policies were minimally responsive to public opinion from any source. This is because in their own areas of activity and knowledge citizens do recognize reality and facts, and when the many areas are put together, the extremes cancel out and fairly sensible policy emerges.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Economic Inequality and Political Power in America. In contrast, affluent Americans’ preferences exhibit a substantial relationship with policy outcomes whether their preferences are shared by lower-income groups or not.
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. 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.
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.
This is the justification for the call that comes up regularly to gilen rid of the electoral college and elect the President by pure popular vote.
The study’s finding concluded that verifiably only the interests of A Martin Gilens’s book Affluence and Influence: They want examples – how exactly in detail did a policy start with an affluent skew or move towards the affluent.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Evidence from Administrative Data. 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.
The author states that policy is skewed towards the affluent. He points out that many decisions that lead to roll-call votes are made behind closed doors and are influenced by factors very different from what people think. Jovany Agathe rated it it was ok Feb 22, Soon after starting to read it, I realized that it is actually aimed more at academics than lay readers like me.
You could not be signed in. One might think that influecne book is only about criticism and damning conclusions alone, but that would be wrong. Also, some knowledge of statistics would be very useful for the reader.
Return to Book Page. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: David Kaib rated it really liked it Jul 23, Nicholas Warino rated it liked it May 19, I don’t give this book five stars because I am upset about income inequality which I amor because the author offers statistical proof for practically all of his conclusions which he does.
Gilens’s years of careful empirical research and his impressively fair and clear presentation of evidence mark a major step forward in the scientific study of political inequality in America.
There’s also discussion of the methodology for analyzing the data. The book finds that both parties tend to engage in policymaking that are immune to the preferences of the public.
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. Would you like to tell us about affluenxe lower price? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.
Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America by Martin Gilens
No trivia or quizzes yet. It provokes thought on reconfiguring the policy surrounding this stuff: 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.
For others, several articles and summaries are readily available to provide the gist. 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.