ERIC Number: EJ820667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-7
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Wooing the White Working-Class Voter
Goldstein, Evan R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n11 pB4 Nov 2008
In his book titled "Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age," Larry M. Bartels wrote that "the familiar image of a party system transformed by Republican gains among working-class cultural conservatives turns out to be largely mythical." According to Bartels, who is director of Princeton's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, low-income white voters have become more Democratic in their presidential voting over the past half-century. Why? Because it makes good economic sense. Bartels showed that during the past 60 years, income inequality has consistently increased under Republican presidents, while it has trended slightly downward under Democrats--a result, he insisted, of the economic policies pursued by the two parties. This article presents some of the views of various individuals on Bartel's theories.
Descriptors: Income, Democracy, Economic Change, Political Attitudes, Reader Response, Voting, Whites, White Collar Occupations, Trend Analysis
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