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"U.S. Government: Upper-Class Club;" Ethics and Public Life Lecture (Nicholas Carnes)

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 132, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

“Why is the US Government an Upper-Class Club?: Class Barriers to Political Office and the Future of American Democracy” will be the topic of Nicholas Carnes (Political Science, Duke) in the second lecture in the Ethics and Public Series, “The Difficulty of Democracy.” He will discuss interactions of class and government in the United States: the extent, causes and consequences of the under-representation of people with working-class backgrounds in political office, prospects for lowering class barriers, and the extent to which Donald Trump’s victory was and was not due to white working-class support. His writings on class and politics include White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy (2014) and “It’s Time to Bust the Myth: Most Trump Voters Were Not Working Class” (2017, with Noam Lupu,) and will soon include a new book  The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office—And What We Can Do About It. There will be an extensive question-and-answer period.

Future events in the series will Cheng Li (Brookings) on the prospects for democracy in China (March 12), Michael Dawson (Chicago) on African-American political identities and their role in political change (March 26), Atul Kohli (Princeton) on prospects and problems of democracy in India (April 16), and Arlie Hochschild (Berkeley) on the alienation from government of many white rural Americans (April 30).

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