SIO318: Study Says the People Have ‘Near-Zero’ Influence on Policy. Does it Hold Up?

It’s time to give another viral thingy the Dr. Lindsey Osterman treatment! A viral tweet summarizing the findings of a political science study alleges that the people have “near-zero” impact on public policy. What is this study, what did it find, and was it good science? Find out!

Links: Gilens & Page (2014) – Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Vox article on Gilens and Page and rebuttals, Bashir (2015) – Response to Gilens and Page, Enns (2015) – Response to Gilens and Page, Middle class income calculator (by region)

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