Welcome to the new aristocracy, political scientists say, where the public’s opinion is literally of “little or no” significance in the democratic process.
This article discusses a fascinating paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page and some varying theories about the nature of voting, public policy, and who writes the law. I have heard it argued that the law is motivated by public opinion (many libertarians tend to argue this when it comes to things like the Civil Rights Act), but this conflicts with other notions about the nature of power and the state’s tendency to favor rule by the few.
We’re Living in the Era of “Economic Elite Domination”