Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M Bartels

Have any of you read this?

Sorry I can’t offer you my personal review: I saw this today among a stack of books Pres. Obama’s read since winning (?) the White House:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/14/obama-s-book-club.html

This book appears to contain just the ammo we’ll need going into 2012 – especially important depending on how Super Congress resolves its task.

Reviews posted on Amazon:

[I recommend] Larry M. Bartels’s Unequal Democracy. Especially at this time every thoughtful American needs to learn as much as possible about the relationship of politics to economics. — Bill Clinton, Daily BeastObama can connect with voters on the economy by using history as a guideline. He should start by reading Unequal Democracy, by Princeton academic Larry Bartels. The non-partisan and non-political Bartels points out devastatingly after an exhaustive study of Democratic and Republican presidents that the Democrats built a better economy and a more just society. — James Carville, CNN

Many Americans know that there are characteristic policy differences between the [Republican and Democratic] parties. But few are aware of two important facts about the post-World War II era, both of which are brilliantly delineated in a new book, Unequal Democracy, by Larry M. Bartels, a professor of political science at Princeton. Understanding them might help voters see what could be at stake, economically speaking, in November. — Alan Blinder, New York Times

Bartels is the political scientist of the moment. Along with Obama, Bill Clinton also read and recommends Unequal Democracy. [M]ost people on the street could have told Bartels that the working poor fare better under Democrats . . . but the importance of these and some other findings in the book . . . is that they use scholarly methods to provide political explanations for economic problems. — Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books

A provocative new book by Princeton professor Larry M. Bartels, one of the country’s leading political scientists. — Dan Balz, Washington Post

A short review cannot convey the rich variety of arguments and data Bartels deploys in making his case. Some of his analysis focuses on broadly characterized partisan differences, some on high profile examples such as the politics of the minimum wage and the estate tax. He will have done a considerable service if the next time we start thinking about economics we also think about politics. Bartels shows that social issues do not create as strong a headwind against class-based voting as is often assumed and that lower income voters do tend to vote Democratic while upper-income voters do tend to vote Republican. Unequal Democracy offers an important case for why this might be. — Robert Grafstein, Science

[A] provocative new book by Princeton professor Larry M. Bartels, one of the country’s leading political scientists. One of Bartels’s most intriguing conclusions is that the political timing of economic growth has influenced voters. Republican presidents…have often generated significant economic growth rates in presidential election years, while Democratic presidents have not. — Dan Balz, Washington Post

[E]xtraordinarily insightful. — Bob Braun, Newark Star-Ledger

Unequal Democracy makes the choice voters face clear: Democratic policies spread the wealth and Republican policies protect the wealthy. — Julian E. Zelizer, The Huffington Post

[Bartels] is correct in drawing attention to the tension between the egalitarian values that Americans hold and their apparent toleration for growing economic inequality. And at every step of the argument, he defines and analyzes interesting and relevant evidence. — Richard R. John, Forum

Prodigiously researched and cogently argued, Bartels’s timely work should interest academics and lay readers alike. — Blake A. Ellis, Journal of Southern History

The book is exemplary throughout in its transparency with regard to the data and Bartels’s analytic strategy for using them, in its attention to alternative explanations for a given outcome, and in its balance between not over-reaching and asserting a clear, controversial, and important thesis. . . . Full of evidence, insights, and surprises. . . . The book is never less than provocative and is often revelatory. — Jennifer Hochschild, Perspectives on Politics

For a book targeted at both academic and nonacademic audiences, Bartels strikes a nice balance between exhaustive empirical rigor and accessibility. . . . Bartels gives us a wide-ranging framework for thinking about the ways that citizens interact with the political system, and in so doing maps an agenda for the next generation of research on American democracy in action. — Nicholas J. G. Winter, Public Opinion Quarterly

Larry Bartels’s Unequal Democracy is a major landmark in political scientists’ efforts to grapple with inequality. . . . Bartels has done so much, and has done it so well, that anyone who quibbles with his interpretations or suggests that he has left important questions unanswered is likely to seem ungenerous, even churlish. . . . Unequal Democracy should be taken as a major contribution and as a touchstone for further research. — Benjamin I. Page, Perspectives on Politics

now that I’ve whetted your appetite:  http://www.amazon.com/Unequal-Democracy-Political-Economy-Gilded/dp/0691146233/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314104927&sr=1-1#

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