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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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. Trivia About Affluence and Inf Selected pages Title Page.
One example showed two polls asking similar military policy questions which stated one side’s argument, but not the other side. For instance, if you only analyze votes taken in Congress, you overlook policies supported by the public which never get voted on.
In contrast, affluent Americans’ preferences exhibit a substantial relationship influenxe policy outcomes whether their preferences are shared by lower-income groups or not. If other citizens feel unrepresented, Gilens’s analysis could be a first step toward redress.
Robert Holmes rated it really liked it Sep 05, Gilens recognizes that the often-cited measurements of legislators based on their voting record may be too crude a measure. In contrast, affluent Americans’ preferences exhibit a substantial relationship with policy outcomes whether their preferences are shared by lower-income groups or not. Because of Democratic Party dominance after the Kennedy assassination the Johnson policies were minimally responsive to public opinion from any source.
That’s the inescapable conclusion of this incredibly powerful and beautifully written book. David Kaib rated it really liked it Jul 23, Be the first to ask a question about Affluence and Influence.
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Economic Inequality and Political Power in America. The book could have been better written and not been so esoteric in the way it addresses the reader.
Start reading Affluence and Influence on your Kindle in under a minute. 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 influencr economically advantaged. Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all”.
Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
Why Americans Hate Welfare: However, he cautions us with the caveat that Americans who are in the lower strata of income are in sync with Republicans when it comes to gay rights, estate tax repeal, income tax cuts or abortion or school prayer related issues. Though it is not an easy read, one can still I chanced to come across this book while watching an interview with the author on TV. Rachel Burger rated it really liked it Apr 04, He also discusses questions on how to judge how government policy relates to public opinion.
His findings are staggering: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Preview — Affluence and Influence by Martin Gilens. Showing of 19 reviews. Modern state of U. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In his final analysis, Gilens’s conclusions confirm earlier studies by Page and Shapiro that while average citizen opinion is shallow and unstable, aggregate citizen opinion is a better guide to public policy than the views of either party’s leaders.
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He is the author of Why Americans Hate Welfare: With sharp analysis and an impressive range of data, Martin Gilens looks at thousands afluence proposed policy changes, and the degree of support gilenx each among poor, middle-class, and affluent Americans. Like most political science books it is big on method and numbers but short on actual examples. That’s the good news. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent book, but if you’ve read Gilens’s Public Opinion Quarterly article and his more recent “oligarchy” article with Ben Page, there’s not much new here.
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