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The Unheavenly ChorusUnequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy$
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Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001

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Political Activism and Electoral Democracy: Perspectives on Economic Inequality and Political Polarization

Political Activism and Electoral Democracy: Perspectives on Economic Inequality and Political Polarization

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(p.232) 9 Political Activism and Electoral Democracy: Perspectives on Economic Inequality and Political Polarization
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The Unheavenly Chorus
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Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.003.0009

This chapter uses evidence about political activity to shed light on two puzzles. First, the chapter considers why, in a two-party system with equal voting, contrary to the logic of the median voter model, the majority who have incomes at the lower end of the economic ladder do not use their voting power to foster public policies that redistribute wealth from those above the median. Second, the chapter looks at why the two parties and their candidates do not converge at the preferences of the median voter but instead offer genuine policy alternatives. In response, the chapter reveals that voters are not equal in their voting strength.

Keywords:   political activism, elections, electoral democracy, political polarization, voting, voters, voting strength, median voter model, voting power, survey data

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