Testing Theories of American Politics

Special thanks goes to Matt for bringing this excellent academic paper to my attention, which I believe is empirical proof of the tyrannical wasteland left by the left-right paradigm.

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

by Martin Gilens & Benjamin Page

 

Testing Theories of American Politics cover

 

“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.”

 

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