Ordinary Americans are powerless, but the US isn’t really an oligarchySubmitted by meekandmild on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:23
It’s not that ordinary Americans never get what they want from the political system. It’s just that they only get what they want if the elites want the same thing.
A recent paper from Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page is making a splash with the claim that they’ve assembled a data set (download) that shows the opinions of ordinary Americans have only a limited influence on actual policy outcomes. Here’s the key thesis (emphasis ours):