Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age. Larry M. Bartels . One of the most basic principles of democracy is the notion that every. Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Unequal Democracy is social science at its very best. Unequal Democracy has ratings and 34 reviews. rmn said: This is political scientist Larry Bartels’ statistical look at the growing income inequality.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Unequal Democracy by Larry M. Using a vast swath of data spanning the past six decades, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths about politics in contemporary America, using the widening gap unequwl the rich and the poor to shed disturbing light on the workings of American democracy.
Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Republican administrations and decreased Using a vast swath of data spanning the past six decades, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths about politics in contemporary America, using the widening gap between the rich and the poor to shed disturbing light on the workings of American democracy.
Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Republican administrations and decreased slightly under Democrats, leaving America grossly unequal. This is not simply the deemocracy of economic forces, but the product of broad-reaching policy choices in a political system dominated by partisan ideologies and the interests of the wealthy.
Bartels demonstrates that elected officials respond to the views of affluent constituents but ignore the views of poor people. He shows that Republican presidents in particular have consistently produced much less income growth for middle-class and working-poor families than for affluent families, greatly increasing inequality.
He provides revealing case studies of key policy shifts contributing to inequality, including the massive Bush tax cuts of and and the erosion of democrqcy minimum wage. Finally, he challenges conventional explanations for why many voters seem to vote against their own economic interests, contending that working-class voters have not been lured into the Republican camp by “values issues” like abortion and gay marriage, as commonly believed, but that Republican presidents have been remarkably successful in timing income growth to cater to short-sighted voters.
Unequal Democracy is social science at its very best.
It provides a deep and battels analysis of the political causes and consequences of America’s growing income gap, and a sobering assessment of the capacity of the American political system to live up to its democratic ideals.
Hardcoverpages. Published April 27th by Princeton University Press democray published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Unequal Uneualplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 28, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Lays out in stats and charts what most people outside the Trump cult know. Republican rule makes the public poorer, sicker, and dumber and jacks up inequality.
I would simply say it is common knowledge that Right is toxic and corporate centrists are at best useless. It is nice to see the charts and the 8 by 10 color glossy photos but I already knew this.
May 22, rmn rated it liked it Shelves: This is political scientist Larry Bartels’ statistical look at the growing income inequality in America and the effects income has on American politics and vice versa. He uses data and regression analysis to show that income inequality grows during Republican presidencies and rich people have more influence on how representatives vote.
Wow, really Captain Obvious? It took you six years and pages to figure that out? It is rumored that in his next book, Bartels will use deep statistical anal This is political scientist Larry Bartels’ statistical look at the growing income inequality in America and the effects income demovracy on American politics and vice versa.
It is rumored that in his next book, Bartels will use deep statistical analysis to prove that the sun rises in the morning and fat people eat more than skinny people. In all seriousness, while some of the results are obvious, the statistics behind them are interesting as well as some of the factors leading to those results.
Most interestingly, Bartels does his best to approach demmocracy data and results in a non-biased and factual manner.
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels
He claims not to have voted in an election since when he voted for Reagan, so he’s not a left wing nut, though his findings in the book have clearly swung his political views to the left. In the end, one is left wondering why anyone would ever vote Republican if economics are their main concern since all levels of income earners do better under Democratic presidents and six of vemocracy last seven recessions have happened under Republican presidents.
Bartels attempts to show why these seemingly nonsensical femocracy non-constituent maximizing political results happen by highlighting the effects of information asymmetry, economic standing, short sightedness of voters, and party line voting. He examines seemingly incongruous results through real world data and examples such as the minimum wage and estate uneqjal. Independents and Republicans should read this book as it is not a polemic and is as reasoned as a conclusion making unesual book can be.
Data doesn’t lie, nor do statistics, despite what Mark Twain opined. Sep 19, Rob rated it really liked it. Read the 2nd edition which came out in A highly sophisticated example of political science research that clearly demonstrates that the economy does better during Democratic administrations, the wealthy benefit greatly during Republican administrations, and that government primarily ignores the poor, barely pays unewual to the middle unequak, while catering significantly to the interests of the wealthy.
Our political system is an example of what Aristotle meant by an oligarchy. As Bartels n Read the 2nd edition which came out in As Bartels notes, however, “if we insist on flattering ourselves bartwls referring to it as a democracy, we should be clear that it is a starkly ‘unequal democracy’.
May 05, Shel Schipper rated it really liked it Shelves: Great glimpse at the quandary that extreme capitalism brings to the democratic process. T As the author wrote, ” This is a fascinatin Great glimpse at the quandary that extreme capitalism brings to the democratic process.
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
This is a fascinating book that should compel more of us to be outraged and to show it in the voting booths. Political campaigns have become dramatically more expensive since the ‘s, increasing the reliance of elected officials on people who can afford to help finance their bids for reelection.
Lobbying activities by corporations and business and bargels organizations have accelerated greatly, outpacing the growth of public interest groups. Membership in labor unions have declined substantially, eroding the primary mechanism for organized representation badtels working people in the governmental process. The poverty rate is up. Members of the Forbesmeanwhile, are richer than Croesus and every hour are getting richer.
A careful comparison of the living standards of poor children in 13 rich democracies in the ‘s found the United States ranking next to democrac It was created by what has been called the Great Compression of incomes that took place during World Wat II and sustained for a generation by social norms that favored equality, strong labor unions, and progressive taxation.
Since the ‘s, all of those sustaining forces have lost their power. Since in particular, U. Bush administration, that favoritism has become extreme and relentless. From tax cuts that favor the rich to bankruptcy ‘reform’ that punishes the unlucky, almost democeacy domestic policy seems intended to accelerate our march back to the robber baron era.
These substantial partisan differences persist even after allowing for differences in economic circumstances and historical trends beyond the control of individual presidents. They suggest that escalating inequality is not simply an inevitable economic trend bartdls and that a great deal of economic inequality in the contemporary United States is specifically attributable to bartelz policies and priorities of Republican presidents. Sep 12, David Birken rated it it was amazing.
If you want to understand why we have so much econ disparity in this country this is a must read. Demofracy 09, Doctor Moss rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bartels makes 2 major points: This is contrary to economic reductionism and some popular belief, i. The story is not good for Republicans and conservatives, but this is not an ideological argument — it’s statistical analysis. That lower third shares a consistently diminishing portion of income growth and has no discernible share in political decisions made demcoracy their elected representatives in Congress.
Along the way, Bartels offers an alternative answer to the “What’s the Matter with Kansas? Franks had said that, with those voters, “cultural value” issues abortion, school prayer, etc. Bartels, again through statistical analysis, finds that those voters are actually voting their economic interests, but through a “myopic” lens — voters’ behaviors reflect election year economic performance to the exclusion of other years.
Republican presidential candidates benefit from disproportionate economic growth during election years, while not paying the price of low or even negative growth and increasing inequality over the full course of their administrations. Democrats, despite producing higher overall income growth across all income segments and lower inequality, suffer from relatively poor growth during election years.
May 07, Wendy rated it really liked it. I really liked this book, but it is NOT for the innumerate, among whom I now find I have to count haha myself.
Dec 28, Greg rated it it was amazing. Bartels’ central concern in this book is to both demonstrate how dramatically unequal the United States has become AND why it is that so relatively few people — despite sharing moderate to progressive views on most social, political and economic issues — have repeatedly voted in ways that align with their sentiments.
Since the degree of inequality is well discussed elsewhere — and should, for most of us, be part of our “facts on file” in the first place — I share with you my increased une Dr. Since the degree of inequality is well discussed elsewhere — and should, for most of us, be part of our “facts on file” in the first place — I share with you my increased uneasiness over “democracy” as a consequence of reading this book.
For, in fact, the average person’s true “state of knowledge” about the economy, politics, or even as to which party has most benefited persons like themselves over short and long periods of time IS Bsrtels Bartel gives us ample graphs and charts that show us the discontinuity between what people say they believe in, dmeocracy how they actually express themselves on policy questions and how they vote.
It suggests to me that, EVEN IF were were successful in bottling up the gross flood of money from the wealthy elite, and in curbing partisan redistricting, and in replacing a thrust to enhance voting rights rather than spreading efforts to curb them, and in eliminating the insidious effect of “false news” and the spreaders of deliberate misinformation, we would still face the overwhelming challenge of bringing our fellow men and women up to speed.
What are essential, objective facts as opposed to subjective judgments or mistruths?
And how do we get people talking to each other again with resorting to ideological fortresses? The degree of our Republic’s weakness is actually remarkable. While this book may likely not provide you with answers as to “what to do” about the present dismal state of affairs, it will greatly inform you as to why we struggle so to advance in a climate permeated with ignorance and democraacy.
Larry Bartels’ “Unequal Democrqcy is an exemplary work of accessible and relevant political science, which unfortunately has become so rare theses days, particularly in the subfield of American politics. While not necessarily advancing a novel thesis, or being the first to investigate the question of the effects of economic inequality on American democracy, Bartels uses a wealth of mostly survey data, statistical analysis, and case studies to provide a comprehensive answer to the question.
As i Larry Bartels’ “Unequal Democracy” is an exemplary work of accessible and relevant political science, which unfortunately has become so rare theses days, particularly in the subfield of American politics. As importantly, he is able to present all his analyses in a manner that is accessible to bartles and non-political unsqual.
Probably the most original and surprising conclusion is his reformulation of Thomas Frank’s highly popular “What’s the Matter with Kansas” thesis of ‘false consciousness. This is a book about American bartelss, not political methodology or abstract theoretical models with little real-world relevance. I wish it would be taught as a prime case of political science research, together with books like “Us Against Them” by Kinder and Kam, rather than the often trivial and unreadable journal articles that dominate graduate courses in American political science.