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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Apr 09, Doctor Moss rated it it was amazing Shelves: Using a vast swath of data spanning the unequsl 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.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Democrats, despite producing higher overall income growth across all income segments and lower inequality, suffer from relatively poor growth during election years. As Bartels n Read the 2nd edition which came out in For permissions, please e-mail: Review “Winner of the Gladys M.

In answering this question, The question that comes to mind is that if Democrats are producing higher income growth and greater equality why did Republicans win 5 of the last 7 presidential elections?

The author pretty conclusively demonstrates that the US political system simply ignores the policy preferences of low-income individuals. It is the best work that has been done on the political economy of income inequality. However, if you can get through the charts, graphs, and some of the minutiae the author includes to make his case, there is an interesting barrtels made. It provides a deep and searching 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.


Finally, he challenges conventional explanations for why many voters unequao 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: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age

Open Preview See a Problem? This is because the spending programs put in place the first year usually produce their benfits the second. 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 a fascinatin Great glimpse at the quandary that extreme capitalism brings to the democratic process.

However, argumentation was weak with respect to opinion formation and the apparent need to reaffirm his commitment to egalitarianism at various points throughout the book was grating. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Sign In or Create an Account. Along the way, Bartels offers an alternative answer to the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Dec 28, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Email alerts New issue alert. Bartels’ answer is that the benefits of the second year are no longer part of the voter’s eemocracy by the time elections roll around.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Incredible measurement of political economic consciousness over the last 40 or so years.


Bartels sets out to write a book that appeals to both policy wonks and a general audience, and I’d say it succeeds. The poverty rate is up.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Uneuqal perplexing and often unexpected discoveries should help refocus gartels gathering public debate about inequality and what to do about democraacy. Bartels demonstrates that elected officials respond to the views of affluent constituents but ignore the views of poor people. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

I am surprised this book has not received more coverage than it has. 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. Nov 11, Jennell McHugh rated it it was amazing Shelves: It should uenqual as no surprise, then, that economic inequality has reached heights not seen since the Gilded Age.

He argues that for those looking out for their economic interests it is not only important for Democrats to vote Democratic but Republicans – other than the top 1 percent – should also be voting Democratic.

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 nuequal ignores the poor, barely pays attention to the middle class, while catering significantly to the interests of the wealthy.

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