Essay The Place For Inequality : Non Participation

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“The Place for Inequality: Non-participation in the American Polity” is an article that explores the possible reasons for the linkage between increasing economic inequality and the lack of political participation within the lower and middle classes. The thesis of this article is to “[draw] individual differences and societal developments into a single account of structured behavior” regarding the aforementioned trend of lack of political activity within those of lower incomes and how increasing economic inequality has affected this. (Soss, Jacobs 96) In the article, Joe Soss and Lawrence R. Jacobs obtained all of their data from previous studies. A large amount of their data came from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve which is well used within the beginning of their article as they discussed the trends of political activities within different income groups over the past several decades. The authors clearly indicate the growing divide between the lower and upper classes and correlate it well with political activeness. One problem, however, with their data is that it is outdated, with the most recent numbers coming from 2006 in an article written in 2009. These numbers predate the economic downturn of 2008, which could have a potentially large effect on the data. The authors also turn to a comparison of data ranging from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. The authors justify this by mentioning that the 1970’s marked the beginning of an increase in economic inequality and…

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