Income Inequality and Its Effect on Political Inequality

February 19th, 2015 by Kara in Case Studies

The third in SPI’s series on Inequality By: Remy Smith Political races are expensive. Candidates are pressed by consultants and campaign management to raise exorbitant amounts of money to create lit pieces and other advertisements that may sway potential voters. Recently, the advent of SuperPACs allows large donors to circumvent campaign contributions. Though limited in direct contributions to a campaign (so called hard money), any individual can donate unlimited sums to a SuperPAC or soft money. The latter is used for issue advocacy or support of a candidate. SuperPACs are controversial because they ...

The Consequences of Economic Inequality

February 5th, 2015 by Kara in Case Studies

The second in SPI’s series on Inequality.   By: Nicholas Birdsong   “Economic inequality” generally refers to the disparity of wealth or income between different groups or within a society. Often characterized by the aphorism “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer,” the phrase often refers more specifically to the gap in income or assets between the poorest and richest segments of an individual nation. Even though the basic concept has entered the public consciousness, the effects of highly concentrated wealth are hotly debated and poorly understood by observers. Research attributes advantages and ...