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- DescriptionPolitical inequality is a major issue in American politics, with racial mirities and low-income voters receiving less favorable representation. Scholars argue that this political inequality stems largely from differences in political participation and that if all citizens participated equally we would achieve political equality. Daniel M. Butler shows that this common view is incorrect. He uses invative field and survey experiments involving public officials to show that a significant amount of bias in representation traces its roots to the information, opinions, and attitudes that politicians bring to office and suggests that even if all voters participated equally, there would still be significant levels of bias in American politics because of differences in elite participation. Butler's work provides a new theoretical basis for understanding inequality in American politics and insights into what institutional changes can be used to fix the problem.
- Author BiographyDaniel M. Butler is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a resident Fellow at the institution for social and policy studies at Yale University, Connecticut. His work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Butler is a cofounder and co-organizer of the Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (SPIRE), a biannual meeting of scholars doing research in race and ethnic politics in the United States, and the founder and director of the Laboratories of Democracy (labsofdemocracy.org), a network of academics who collaborate with nonprofits and public officials to design and conduct randomized experiments aimed at maximizing policy effectiveness. He earned a PhD in political science and an MA in economics from Stanford University, California, where his research was supported by a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
- PrizesWinner of American Political Science Association Experimental Research Section: Best Book Award 2015.
- Author(s)Daniel M. Butler
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication14/07/2014
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus. 2 maps 20 tables
- Weight230 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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