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Published: 07 April 2017

280 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190467067

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The Masses are the Ruling Classes

Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

William Epstein

  • Emphasizes popular consent for the current problems in the US including social and economic inequality.
  • This book illustrates its arguments with a variety of social welfare programs: three typical charities and two public programs (food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
  • Examines the derivation of popular social and political preferences from embedded social institutions rather than opinion polling.
  • Explains the persistent conservative dominance of American politics, the weakness of liberal social policy notably demonstrated in the 2014 Congressional elections, and the deep concessions of recent legislation notably in health (the Affordable Care Act).
  • Likely to generate considerable controversy as the central argument - we (not the liberal media and not a handful of billionaire kingmakers) are, in fact, responsible for the state of affairs in our country -- puts blame on all bands of the political spectrum.

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