political inequality

A new paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page sheds more light on the influence that elite economic interests have on policymaking and policy outcomes. Building on their previous work, Gilens and Page test the influence different interest groups- average citizens, economic elites and interest...
04/09/2014
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As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule on McCutcheon v. FEC, which would strike down aggregate campaign contribution limits, a series of stories have come out highlighting how much damage money is doing to our democracy and our economy. In short: a lot. A ProPublica investigation found that...
01/17/2014
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Here’s another example of how money corrupts the electoral system: a pro-business special interest group has spent almost $7 million on New York City Council races. Jobs for New York is organized by the Real Estate Board of New York, backed by real estate developers, property owners, and other pro-...
09/06/2013
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The new American Economic Association Journal of Economic Perspectives looks at income inequality and the rising 1 percent. Among the articles is a piece on why democracy hasn’t slowed economic inequality. In other words, why haven’t our elected officials acted to slow economic inequality? The...
08/12/2013
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It shouldn't require years of new research to make the obvious point that economic inequality is bad for democracy. Why? Because concentrated wealth translates into political power in ways that any seventh grade civics student can easily grasp (if civics were still taught). Rich people and...
04/30/2013
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It's no secret that wealthy people have a lot more clout when it comes to politics and civic life. They are more likely to vote, contact their representatives, belong to advocacy organizations, and -- of course -- contribute to politicians, parties, and PACs. Compared to ordinary folks, many of the...
03/27/2013
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One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the cost of living so it automatically adjusts. If anything, the proposed minimum wage is still too low. If the minimum...
02/14/2013
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On January 1st of this year, 10 states raised their minimum wage. New Jersey, however, won’t be joining them. Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour and also tie it to the consumer price index. Christie instead offered a...
01/30/2013
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Equality is a funny thing in America. For the most part, Americans don't fret that much about economic inequality and yet are said to believe deeply in civic equality -- the idea that everyone should have an equal say in our democracy and be treated the same under the law, no matter how high or...
08/01/2012
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