Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?
These questions were posed by researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, who argue in their new study that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
An oligarchy, by definition:
The central point which emerged out of Gilens’s and Page’s Princeton University study “is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy … while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.” Read more on Princeton University study.