02 March 2017

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age

Larry M Bartels
2016, Princeton University Press, 344 pages,
ISBN 978-0691172842

Reviewer: Dame Kate Barker

This was a good choice for reading in early 2017.  Its powerful theme is how far economic inequality undermines democracy in the US; with the subtitle ‘The political economy of the new gilded age’, it updates a book first published in 2008.  Based on contemporary political commentary and drawing on many surveys of voter opinion, Bartels seeks to explain why, although many Americans…

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