Class Divides in the American Public

Class divides in the American public

Inequality may be increasing, but whether that trend becomes a politically divisive issue depends on several matters. The issue must first register as an important issue with the public. Then the political parties must adopt opposing policy positions that reflect the different views in the society. If voters choose which party to support based on the party's policy position, then a partisan division over the issue will develop. This chapter considers whether the trends of increasing inequality and differences between the parties have resulted in those with different incomes dividing politically such that class political cleavages are increasing.

While the process by which such divisions emerge sounds relatively simple, voter reactions develop slowly over years. ...

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