The Power of Economic Interests Under Direct versus Representative Democracy The power of economic interest groups to influence policy outcomes is a common theme in economics and political science. Most theories posit that interest group power arises from the ability to influence elected or appointed government officials, that is, by exploiting the representative part of democracy.…
With Donald Trump’s approval ratings at record lows, it’s worth asking how much this one number matters…and whether the people who approve really are better represented by him than the people who don’t. If our politicians really do represent some Americans better than others, it calls into question the very foundational ideals of our representative democracy.
In this episode, Brian Newman uncovers who’s represented, who’s not, and how it affects their view of government.
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It’s not often that Detroit is lifted up as an example of good governance, especially as the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing gets under way in federal court after years of financial mismanagement. Yet, when it comes to voting rights and democratic representation, Detroit is looking to the future (more . . . )
By Raphael Bostic
Original posting on Forbes.com – 6/21/2013 @ 4:44PM
It’s not super often that Detroit is lifted up as an example of good governance.
The city has been wracked with decades of stagnation, has had a series of mayors parade from city hall to jail, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently placed the city into receivership and appointed an “emergency manager” to restructure debt and approve council and mayoral decisions with the goal ….