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Contents List of Figures List of Tables Preface 1. The New Gilded Age Escalating Economic Inequality Interpreting Inequality Economic Inequality as a Political Issue Inequality and American Democracy 2. The Partisan Political Economy Partisan Patterns of Income Growth A Partisan Coincidence? Partisan Differences in Macroeconomic Policies Macroeconomic Performance and Income Growth Partisan Policies and Post-Tax Income Growth Democrats, Republicans, and the Rise of Inequality 3. Class Politics and Partisan Change In Search of the Working Class Has the White Working Class Abandoned the Democratic Party? Have Working-Class Whites Become More Conservative? Do "Moral Values" Trump Economics? Are Religious Voters Distracted from Economic Issues? Class Politics, Alive and Well 4. Partisan Biases in Economic Accountability Myopic Voters The Political Timing of Income Growth Class Biases in Economic Voting The Wealthy Give Something Back: Partisan Biases in Campaign Spending Political Consequences of Biased Accountability 5. Do Americans Care About Inequality? Egalitarian Values Rich and Poor Perceptions of Inequality Facts and Values in the Realm of Inequality 6. Homer Gets a Tax Cut The Bush Tax Cuts Public Support for the Tax Cuts Unenlightened Self-Interest The Impact of Political Information Chump Change Into the Sunset 7. The Strange Appeal of Estate Tax Repeal Public Support for Estate Tax Repeal Is Public Support for Repeal a Product of Misinformation? Did Interest Groups Manufacture Public Antipathy to the Estate Tax? Elite Ideology and the Politics of Estate Tax Repeal 8. The Eroding Minimum Wage The Economic Effects of the Minimum Wage Public Support for the Minimum Wage The Politics of Inaction Democrats, Unions, and the Eroding Minimum Wage The Earned Income Tax Credit Reversing the Tide 9. Economic Inequality and Political Representation Ideological Representation Unequal Responsiveness Unequal Responsiveness on Social Issues: The Case of Abortion Partisan Differences in Representation Why Are the Poor Unrepresented? 10. Unequal Democracy Who Governs? Partisan Politics and "The Have-Nots" Political Obstacles to Economic Equality The City of Utmost Necessity References Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1945-.
Equality -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Social classes -- Political aspects -- United States.
Power (Social sciences) -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Democracy -- Economic aspects -- United States.