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The New Gilded Age

The New Gilded Age: From "Unequal Democracy"

LARRY M. BARTELS
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition: DGO - Digital original
Pages: 74
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    The New Gilded Age
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    "We are the 99%" has quickly become the slogan of our political era as growing numbers of Americans express concern about the disappearing middle class and the ever-widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else. Has America really entered a New Gilded Age? What are the political consequences of the growing income gap? Can democracy survive such vast economic inequality? These questions dominate our political moment--and Larry Bartels provides answers backed by sobering data.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4313-8
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. THE NEW GILDED AGE
    (pp. 1-26)

    In the first sentence of one of the greatest works of modern political science, Robert Dahl posed a question of profound importance for democratic theory and practice: “In a political system where nearly every adult may vote but where knowledge, wealth, social position, access to officials, and other resources are unequally distributed, who actually governs?”¹

    Dahl’s answer to this question, for one American city in the late 1950s, was that political power was surprisingly widely dispersed. Examining politics and policy making in New Haven, Connecticut, he concluded that shifting, largely distinct coalitions of elected and unelected leaders influenced key decisions...

  3. DO AMERICANS CARE ABOUT INEQUALITY?
    (pp. 27-70)

    The analysis presented in chapter 4 suggests that much of the Republican Party’s electoral success in the post-war era—and thus, much of the escalation in economic inequality associated with Republican administrations and policies—is a by-product of partisan biases in economic accountability. From the standpoint of democratic theory, that is a peculiarly unsatisfying conclusion. As good democrats, we like to think that government policy stems, directly or indirectly, from the Will of the People. If it stems instead from such irrelevant quirks of voter psychology as myopia, misperceptions, and responsiveness to campaign spending, the warm glow seems distinctly diminished....

  4. Back Matter
    (pp. 71-71)