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Lecture 4 Jan 30

Lecture 4 Jan 30 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 4: Inequality and Political Participation Jan 30 2007 Agenda: How unequal is American Society The connection between participation and political equality Forms orf participation Who participates and why Changes in the amount and character of American participation Inequality in participation: a longstanding reality—and a worsening problem? 1) Is America a Classless society? a) “In Washington, they’ll say “Well, this is only for a certain class of people. That’s the old tired stale class warfare argument.” –George W. Bush May 2003 b) Inequality i) CEO Pay 360:1 ii) Wealth explosion—people at the top have experienced this; wealth is much more concentrated iii) Growth of inequality in income iv) The rich get richer, the poor get …slightly richer v) The end of shared prosperity vi) Canada and UK have also seen increase in income inequality vii)USA: more inequality, less redistribution 2) Why might economic inequality beget political inequality?
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