Election101 — Economic and Political Inequality



Few issues are more pressing in American politics than inequality–both in economic terms, but also in political representation and voice.

As job opportunities dwindled in the wake of the financial crisis, the Occupy Wall Street movement brought the economic concerns of the 99% to the fore, but gaps in wealth, job prospects, and education continue to be at an all-time high. What is even more important and perhaps less transparent is the gap between political representation of the richest and poorest Americans and the hidden ways that money influences politics.

Our books on the impact of income inequality in politics–including Larry Bartels’s Unequal Democracy (a book that was on President Obama’s reading list), and the forthcoming Affluence and Influence by Martin I. Gilens as well as The Unheavenly Chorus by Kay Scholzman, Sid Verba, and Henry Brady, tell the real story of the effects of economic inequality on our political system and back up their arguments with unparalleled data and analysis.

–Chuck Myers, group publisher in social sciences and editor in political science


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Unequal Democracy
The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
Larry M. Bartels


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The Reading List

Unequal Democracy

The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
Larry M. Bartels
The New Gilded Age

From Unequal Democracy
A Princeton Shorts
Larry M. Bartels
The Unheavenly Chorus

Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy
Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba & Henry E. Brady
Meritocracy and Economic Inequality

Edited by Kenneth Arrow, Samuel Bowles, & Steven Durlauf
Inherited Wealth

Jens Beckert
Translated by Thomas Dunlap
Income Distribution in Macroeconomic Models

Giuseppe Bertola, Reto Foellmi, & Josef Zweimüller
Poverty Traps

Edited by Samuel Bowles, Steven N. Durlauf, & Karla Hoff
Unequal Chances

Family Background and Economic Success
Edited by Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, & Melissa Osborne Groves
More Equal Than Others

America from Nixon to the New Century
Godfrey Hodgson
The Welfare State Nobody Knows

Debunking Myths about U.S. Social Policy
Christopher Howard

The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School
Shamus Rahman Khan
Poverty Knowledge

Social Science, Social Policy, and the Poor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History
Alice O’Connor
Plenty of Nothing

The Downsizing of the American Dream and the Case for Structural Keynesianism
Thomas I. Palley

Affluence and Influence
Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
Martin Gilens

Forthcoming August 2012

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