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Putting Inequality in Context: Class, Public Opinion, and Representation in the United StatesChristopher Ellis 2017 This open access version made available with the support of libraries participating in Knowledge Unlatched.
Christopher Ellis argues citizens'—and legislators'—views of class politics are driven by lived experience in particular communities. While some experience is formally political, on an informal basis citizens learn a great deal about their position in the broader socioeconomic spectrum and the social norms governing how class intersects with day-to-day life. These factors are important for policymakers, since most legislators do not represent "the public" at large, but specific constituencies.
Focusing on U.S. congressional districts as the contextual unit of interest, Ellis argues individuals' political behavior cannot be separated from their environment, and shows how income's role in political processes is affected by the contexts in which citizens and legislators interact. Political inequality exists in the aggregate, but it does not exist everywhere. It is, rather, a function of specific arrangements that depress the political influence of the poor. Identifying and understanding these factors is a crucial step in thinking about what reforms might be especially helpful in enhancing equality of political voice.
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