Washington Post Cites Gilens' "Most Influential Research on the Topic" of Class and Policy

Dec. 15, 2016

The Washington Post article, What Happens to the Working Class When Millionaires and Billionaires are in Chargeexplores the work of Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and CSDP Faculty Associate (with his co-author, Benjamin Page of Northwestern University).

The most influential research on the topic comes from Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University, who compare the policy preferences of the affluent — defined as the top 10 percent — with those who are roughly in the middle of the income distribution.

The piece also refers to the research of Nicholas Carnes, Assistant Professor at Duke who earned his PhD in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton and is a former CSDP-affiliated graduate student. “This is not to say that business people are bad, or rich people are bad, but it’s important to recognize that everyone’s perspective and policy and government is shaped by the kind of life you’ve lived,” Carnes said. “If you’ve been rich for a long time, it’s easy to forget about the perspectives of those who don’t have so much.”