Larry Bartels, at TPM, summarizes some research into the unresponsiveness of the American political system to poor people (including those who vote, are attentive, etc.). From his conclusion:
The eminent political scientist Robert Dahl once suggested that “a key characteristic of a democracy is the continued responsiveness of the government to the preferences of its citizens, considered as political equals.” By that standard, contemporary America hardly seems to qualify.
Now, I imagine there are some political reforms that could help with this situation…
(Thanks to Tom at Rustbelt Intellectual for the tip.)
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