April 16, 2014 by History in a Hurry
Study: US government is an oligarchy
POLITICS – APRIL 15, 2014 12:54PM
A study by researchers at Princeton and Northwestern found U.S. politics reflects the interests of the wealthy and powerful over the majority of American citizens.
Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities released a study in April that found U.S. politicians more often reflect the wishes of the rich and powerful over the needs of the majority of Americans, who have a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
The study, targeted for Fall 2014 publication in the journal Perspectives on Politics, examined 1,779 policy changes between 1981 and 2002. Those steps were compared to preferences expressed by Americans at the 50th income percentile and the 90th percentile, along with the positions taken by powerful interest groups.