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Billionaires and Stealth Politics

Benjamin I. Page, Jason Seawright, and Matthew J. Lacombe


Although recent research has demonstrated that public policy responds disproportionately to the preferences of affluent Americans, much less is known about the preferences of the truly wealthy – billionaires whose massive fortunes enable them to contribute millions of dollars to politics on an annual basis. Systematic knowledge of the preferences of this elite group is vitally important if we want to test the hypothesis that money tends to produce influence. Obtaining such knowledge has long proved challenging, however, because the ultra-wealthy are very difficult to study: their small numbers ... More

Keywords: billionaires, stealth politics, democracy, inequality, political science, American politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226586090
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226586267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin I. Page, author
Northwestern University

Jason Seawright, author
Northwestern University

Matthew J. Lacombe, author
Northwestern University