Econlog’s Bryan Caplan really gets Martin Gilens’s new book AFFLUENCE & INFLUENCE

I was very pleased to see Bryan Caplan’s review this morning on Econlog. He really gets to the heart of Marty Gilens’s new book AFFLUENCE AND INFLUENCE: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America.  From the review:

“In The Myth of the Rational Voter, I discuss several mechanisms that might explain why, given public  opinion, democracies’ policies are better than you’d expect.  But I was simply unaware of the facts presented in Martin Gilens‘ new Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America.  Gilens compiles a massive data set of public opinion surveys and  subsequent policy outcomes, and reaches a shocking conclusion: Democracy has a strong tendency to simply supply the policies favored by the  rich.  When the poor, the middle class, and the rich disagree, American democracy largely ignores the poor and the middle class….”

As Caplan mentions later in the review, Gilens’s findings are going to be misinterpreted by the left and the right.  He also found in AFFLUENCE AND INFLUENCE, to many liberals dismay, “American democracy largely ignores the poor and the middle class” for the better!

Noam Chomsky cites Marty Gilens’s eye-opening new book AFFLUENCE AND INFLUENCE

Noam Chomsky recently featured Martin Gilens’s new book AFFLUENCE AND INFLUENCE: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America in his column on AlterNet.org.

Brink Lindsey discusses his new eBook HUMAN CAPITALISM with Glenn Loury on Bloggingheads

Martin Gilens discusses Affluence and Influence on The Rachel Maddow Show

Martin Gilens appeared on The Rachel Maddow this past Monday to discuss his new book Affluence and Influence:
Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
with guest host Ezra Klein. In his book, Gilens analyzes decades of polling data and proposed policy changes and shows that when the preferences of the rich diverge from the preferences of the poor and middle class, the government responds staggeringly to the affluent. His book raises some very important questions about economic and political inequality, topics sure to become talking points leading up to November’s presidential election.

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