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Author Bartels, Larry M., 1956-

Title Unequal democracy : the political economy of the new gilded age / Larry M. Bartels.

Imprint New York : Russell Sage Foundation ; Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    330.973 BAR    Staff Reported Missing
Description xiii, 325 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-316) and index.
Contents Preface -- 1. The new gilded age -- Escalating economic inequality -- Interpreting inequality -- Economic inequality as a political issue -- Inequality and American democracy -- 2. The partisan political economy -- Partisan patterns of income growth -- A partisan coincidence? -- Partisan differences in macroeconomic policy -- Macroeconomic performance and income growth -- Partisan policies and post-tax income growth -- Democrats, Republicans, and the rise of inequality -- 3. Class politics and partisan change -- In search of the working class -- Has the white working class abandoned the Democratic party? -- Have working-class whites become more conservative? -- Do "moral values" trump economics? -- Are religious voters distracted from economic issues? -- Class politics, alive and well -- 4. Partisan biases in economic accountability -- Myopic voters -- The political timing of income growth -- Class biases in economic voting -- The wealthy give something back : partisan biases in campaign spending -- Political consequences of biased accountability -- 5. Do Americans care about inequality? -- Egalitarian values -- Rich and poor -- Perceptions of inequality -- Facts and values in the realm of inequality -- 6. Homer gets a tax cut -- The Bush tax cuts -- Public support for the tax cuts -- Unenlightened self-interest -- The impact of political information -- Chump change -- Into the sunset --
7. The strange appeal of estate tax repeal -- Public support for estate tax repeal -- Is public support for repeal a product of misinformation? -- Did interest groups manufacture public antipathy to the estate tax? -- Elite ideology and the politics of estate tax repeal -- 8. The eroding minimum wage -- The economic effects of the minimum wage -- Public support for the minimum wage -- The politics of inaction -- Democrats, unions, and the eroding minimum wage -- The earned income tax credit -- Reversing the tide -- 9. Economic inequality and political representation -- Ideological representation -- Unequal responsiveness -- Unequal responsiveness on social issues : the case of abortion -- Partisan differences in representation -- Why are the poor unrepresented? -- 10. Unequal democracy -- Who governs? -- Partisan politics and "the have-nots" -- Political obstacles to economic equality -- The city of utmost necessity -- Selected references -- Index.
Subject Equality -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Social classes -- Political aspects -- United States.
Power (Social sciences) -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Democracy -- Economic aspects -- United States.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1945-
ISBN 9780691136639 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0691136637 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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