When was the last time you voted for a working-class candidate for political office? It’s probably been longer than you think, given that most candidates for political office come from white-collar occupations. Can a government dominated by millionaire politicians be expected to govern “for the people”?
Nicholas Carnes, a political scientist in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and author of the book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, addresses these questions in a series of videos. He also spoke at an event at Durham's Beyù Caffè in February 2014. The talk was moderated by Alex Granados, Researcher/Legislative Reporter at EducationNC and former producer for WUNC’s “The State of Things.”
Learn more about Carnes and his research here: http://people.duke.edu/~nwc8/index.html.
Co-sponsored by the Durham County Library.
His research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic inequality, and state and local politics.
Carnes' new book White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class's economic interests. He is also starting a large-scale study of the factors that discourage working-class Americans from holding public office and the programs that could help to address the shortage of working-class Americans in our political institutions.