Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Via Politicususa: Frightening Policy Research Suggests that America Might Not Be a Democratic Society
It’s not your imagination. It’s for real; US policy is set by the elite for the elite, so say researchers Martin Gilens from Princeton and Benjamin I. Page from Northwestern in a recent peer-reviewed study.
Before conservatives get too invested in their consistently ridiculous knee-jerk reaction to blame the black guy for everything, the study used data from 1,800 policies that were enacted between the years of 1981 and 2002.
In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, the researchers compared what average Americans wanted versus the elite and special interests (average being 50th percentile of income and elite being 90th) and guess who won? The Romneys of the US.
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