Stacked Deck: How the Dominance of Politics by the Affluent & Business Undermines Economic Mobility in America

Source: David Callahan & J. Mijin Cha, Dēmos, February 2013

This paper offers an overview of the interplay between declining upward mobility and growing political inequality, which we show is a self-reinforcing phenomenon. It reports on a growing body of new research on this nexus and offers a set of policy recommendations to reduce both political and economic inequality.

Sections include:
The Affluent Have Different Priorities
The Affluent Don’t Prioritize Policies For Upward Mobility
The Priorities of Lower Income Americans Are Often Ignored or Blocked
The Affluent Participate More In Politics and Civic Life
The Affluent Have More Influence Over Policy Outcomes
The Affluent Have More Ways To Shape Politics
Political and Economic Inequality Are Mutually Reinforcing
Conclusion