We’ve all held fast to the notion that in America there exists ‘one man, one vote’, thus we are all equal in our system of representation. Yet, when you really think about it, the voices of those who invest money, time and energy in the political conversation often count for more than someone whose civic responsibility begins and ends at the voting booth. And there is clearly a socioeconomic aspect to this as the well educated and affluent carry megaphones, while the poor and dispossessed speak in a whisper. Those are the findings in the book, ‘Unequal and Unrepresented: Political Inequality and the People’s Voice in the New Gilded Age”. Kay Lehman Schlozman, a political scientist and co-author of the book, joins us to count the many ways that citizens have to express themselves politically and the impact these have on policy decisions.
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