Plutocracy in America

Plutocracy in America

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The growing gap between the most affluent Americans and the rest of society is changing the country into one defineda€”more than almost any other developed nationa€”by exceptional inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity. This book reveals that an infrastructure of inequality, both open and hidden, obstructs the great majority in pursuing happiness, living healthy lives, and exercising basic rights. A government dominated by finance, corporate interests, and the wealthy has undermined democracy, stunted social mobility, and changed the character of the nation. In this tough-minded dissection of the gulf between the super-rich and the working and middle classes, Ronald P. Formisano explores how the dramatic rise of income inequality over the past four decades has transformed America from a land of democratic promise into one of diminished opportunity. Since the 1970s, government policies have contributed to the flow of wealth to the top income strata. The United States now is more a plutocracy than a democracy. Formisano surveys the widening circle of inequalitya€™s effects, the exploitation of the poor and the middle class, and the new ways that predators take money out of Americansa€™ pockets while passive federal and state governments stand by. This data-driven book offers insight into the fallacy of widespread opportunity, the fate of the middle class, and the mechanisms that perpetuate income disparity.Yudof became president as the statea#39;s economy plunged and the California legislature cut the university budget by nearly $800 ... student fees, and initiating a series of hikes that increased tuition from $7, 517 in 2007 to $12, 192 in 2012a€“ 2013.

Title:Plutocracy in America
Author:Ronald P. Formisano
Publisher:JHU Press - 2015-08-06


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