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The Cash Ceiling

Nicholas Carnes


Why are Americans governed by the rich? Millionaires make up only three percent of the public but control all three branches of the federal government. How did this happen? What stops lower-income and working-class Americans from becoming politicians? This book is a compelling and comprehensive account of why so few working-class people hold office—and what reformers can do about it. It debunks popular misconceptions (like the idea that workers are unelectable or unqualified to govern), identifies the factors that keep lower-class Americans off the ballot and out of political institutions, and ... More

Keywords: Americans, working-class Americans, lower-income Americans, politicians, U.S. elections, governing institutions, economic diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691182001
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Carnes, author
Sanford School of Public Policy