Remember that study saying America is an oligarchy? 3 rebuttals say it’s wrong. – Vox
All of these stories were about a study by political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern, modestly titled, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.”
Their conclusion was explosive: “Economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”
The paper soon went viral as proof that America is an “oligarchy” (the press’s term, not theirs) where the views of the rich control what happens and the views of the middle class are ignored.