According to a new Princeton study, the U.S. can no longer be strictly called a democracy, as ordinary citizens have effectively lost their say over public policy. Instead, the U.S. more precisely resembles an oligarchy, or a form of government in which the economic elite — less than 1 percent of the population — has control over most of the policymaking decisions.
The study, conducted by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University, will be published this fall in the journal Perspectives on Politics. Their conclusions, though unsurprising, are nevertheless chilling and raise some serious questions about the direction our country is headed in.