Is Democracy Giving Way to Oligarchy?

Last month there was a major stir when a study came to light suggesting that America was no longer a democracy but rather an oligarchy, a system in which the policy preferences of the very wealthy consistently held sway over those of everyone else. The authors of the study, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page weren’t crazy about the ‘oligarchy’ terminology. But the findings fit into a larger discussion of wealth inequality and the threat it may pose to American democracy itself.

On Friday at 3 PM, Professor Gillens will join us at The Hive (sub req) to answer your questions about the study or on the general topic of wealth inequality and how wealth affects policy preference impact on the American political system. Get your questions in now.