Relative Policy Support and Coincidental Representation

  title={Relative Policy Support and Coincidental Representation},
  author={P. Enns},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={1053 - 1064}
  • P. Enns
  • Published 2015
  • Economics
  • Perspectives on Politics
The finding that the preferences of middle-income Americans are ignored when they diverge from the preferences of the rich is one of the most widely accepted and influential conclusions in political science research today. I offer a cautionary note regarding this conclusion. I demonstrate that even on those issues for which the preferences of the wealthy and those in the middle diverge, policy ends up about where we would expect if policymakers represented the middle class and ignored the… Expand
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