Findings from a Princeton / Northwestern University study:
"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."
"When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
"We believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."
Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens : a peer-reviewed Princeton / Northwestern University study examining 20 years of policy and public opinion data
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