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Keeping Quiet on Social Issues

Keeping Quiet on Social Issues

Chapter:
(p.77) Chapter Four Keeping Quiet on Social Issues
Source:
Billionaires and Stealth Politics
Author(s):
Benjamin I. PageJason SeawrightMatthew J. Lacombe
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226586267.003.0005

Chapter 4 applies our web-scraping and public records techniques to billionaires’ statements and actions concerning certain social, cultural, or moral issues. We find little evidence of stealth politics on the issues of abortion or same-sex marriage, where billionaires’ policy preferences tend to be less divergent from those of the general public than they are on taxes or Social Security. When it comes to immigration policy, however—where some billionaires’ taste for cheap imported labor clashes with many Americans’ cultural or economic anxieties about foreign immigrants—stealth politics reappears. Many billionaires actively work in favor of high levels of immigration, especially for high-skill workers. But few say much about that in public.

Keywords:   billionaires, social issues, immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage

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