Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age

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Contents
Prefaceix
1.The New Gilded Age1
Escalating Economic Inequality6
Interpreting Inequality13
Economic Inequality as a Political Issue19
Inequality and American Democracy23
2.The Partisan Political Economy29
Partisan Patterns of Income Growth31
A Partisan Coincidence?34
Partisan Differences in Macroeconomic Policy42
Macroeconomic Performance and Income Growth47
Partisan Policies and Post-Tax Income Growth54
Democrats, Republicans, and the Rise of Inequality61
3.Class Politics and Partisan Change64
In Search of the Working Class66
Has the White Working Class Abandoned the Democratic Party?72
Have Working-Class Whites Become More Conservative?78
Do “Moral Values” Trump Economics?83
Are Religious Voters Distracted from Economic Issues?90
Class Politics, Alive and Well93
4.Partisan Biases in Economic Accountability98
Myopic Voters99
The Political Timing of Income Growth104
Class Biases in Economic Voting110
The Wealthy Give Something Back: Partisan Biases in Campaign Spending116
Political Consequences of Biased Accountability120
5.Do Americans Care about Inequality?127
Egalitarian Values130
Rich and Poor136
Perceptions of Inequality143
Facts and Values in the Realm of Inequality148

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