Podcast: Why Rising Inequality Doesn't Stimulate Political Action
August 02, 2021
Economic inequality is high and rising, but Americans aren't clamoring for government action to address it. Nathan Kelly finds that rising economic inequality, rather than making the public favor redistribution, actually helps Republicans electorally and leads to policies that further entrench it and away from policies to combat it. Meghan Condon finds that Americans react to inequality by comparing themselves with those who have less, rather than to the rich, imaging themselves better off than others who they think don't work as hard. They both say rising inequality does not make it easier to address through political action in this edition of The Science of Politics brought to you by The Niskanen Center as part of The Democracy Group.
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