Andrea Louise Campbell
Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 13, 2005)
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a few teams perform politics greater than others. Why? And does it topic for coverage results? during this richly specific and fluidly written ebook, Andrea Campbell argues that democratic participation and public coverage powerfully make stronger one another. via a case learn of senior voters within the usa and their political task round Social protection, she exhibits how hugely participatory teams get their coverage personal tastes fulfilled, and the way public coverage itself is helping create political inequality. utilizing a wealth of detailed survey and ancient facts, Campbell exhibits how the advance of Social safety helped rework seniors from the main beleaguered to the main politically lively age staff. hence empowered, seniors actively shield their courses from proposed threats, shaping coverage results. The participatory results are most powerful for low-income seniors, who're so much depending on Social safeguard. this system therefore reduces political inequality in the senior population--a laudable effect--while expanding inequality among seniors and more youthful voters. a quick glance throughout rules exhibits that software results should not consistently confident. Welfare recipients are even much less participatory than their modest socioeconomic backgrounds may indicate, due to the demeaning and disenfranchising technique of proving eligibility. Campbell concludes that software layout profoundly shapes the character of democratic citizenship. And proposed policies--such as Social protection privatization--must be evaluated for either their financial and political results, as the very caliber of democratic executive is encouraged by way of the categories of rules it chooses.