Parties and Policy Proposals on Class Issues

Parties and policy proposals on class issues

With inequality increasing, are political parties responding by making inequality a political issue? Washington think tanks may disseminate studies about inequality trends and the media may cover the issue, but for things to change, issues like the minimum wage, food stamps, health insurance, education, or taxes have to get on the agendas of politicians and parties. If the elected representatives of one party continually push for policies in response to an issue such as taxes and they meet opposition from the other party, the chances of an issue emerging on the agenda are much higher.

Politicians push for policies on class issues for several reasons. They may strongly believe in the issues. They ...

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