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Unequal Democracy by Larry M. Bartels
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Jul 24, 13

Read from April 17 to 18, 2012

Quick summary: Sound argument against the Thomas Frank position on the Republican drift of working class (bottom third for Bartels) voters against their economic interests. Such voters are shown to be not change significantly their economic and social issue preferences. But more importantly, Bartels provides useful analyses on the lack of any responsiveness of either party to the preferences of the voters in the bottom third of income, with some effect by middle income voters, but largely effected by the top income. Such a conclusion would seem to dovetail well with the investment theory of political parties from Ferguson and Rogers.
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