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White-Collar Government: A Conversation with Nicholas Carnes

February 24th, 2014
7:00 PM


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 Makingaddresses 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:

Co-sponsored by the Durham County Library.

Nicholas Carnes

Duke University
Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy [1] at Duke University [2] and the Co-Director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network [3].  His research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic ...
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