Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt, Bartels served as the Donald E. He was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in Biography[ edit ] Bartels received his B. Burdette and E. While Frank asserts that the conservative Republican Party has been able to lure working class voters away from the liberal Democratic Party , which better represents their economic interests, with value issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage , Bartels points out that the working class, despite being socially more conservative, is still overwhelmingly Democratic, more so than in the past.
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Lobbying activities by corporations and business and professional organizations have accelerated greatly, outpacing the growth of public interest groups. Membership in labor unions have declined substantially, eroding the primary mechanism for organized representation of working people in the governmental process.
The poverty rate is up. Members of the Forbes , meanwhile, are richer than Croesus and every hour are getting richer. It was created by what has been called the Great Compression of incomes that took place during World Wat II and sustained for a generation by social norms that favored equality, strong labor unions, and progressive taxation.
Since in particular, U. Bush administration, that favoritism has become extreme and relentless. These substantial partisan differences persist even after allowing for differences in economic circumstances and historical trends beyond the control of individual presidents. They suggest that escalating inequality is not simply an inevitable economic trend - and that a great deal of economic inequality in the contemporary United States is specifically attributable to the policies and priorities of Republican presidents.
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age