Who Governs Now? Political Influence in an Era of High Inequality

Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, will present a POEC Class of 1960 Scholars seminar:  "Who Governs Now? Political Influence in an Era of High Inequality"

Prof. Pierson will discuss the impact of growing economic inequality on inequalities of political influence. There is an interesting puzzle because most (although not all) political scientists are still rather unconcerned about this. Pierson argues this is because they have thought too narrowly about how political influence is exercised. In fact, there are very good reasons to think political influence has become much more unequal.

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His most recent books include the best-selling Winner Take All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class and American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, both co-authored by Jacob Hacker. Pierson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

A closely-related background reading with a different title is available here. Sponsored by the Political Economy Class of 1960 Scholars program.




Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Griffin Hall, 6

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Economics, Political Economy, Political Science

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