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US Oligarchy study: A formal oligarchy study underscores impact of the rich

US Oligarchy study reveals rich control most of America and its policies.
US Oligarchy study reveals rich control most of America and its policies.
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A US Oligarchy study has underscored what most Americans are already aware of in the nation. For the first time ever, a formal scientific study was conducted to analyze just how much true democracy rules America. Results showed "near-zero."

According to an report April 16 citing the study, the American public has “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” Who has the most influence? The wealthy. This study found that clearly the US is more of an oligarchy -- not what America should be all about. refers to the U.S. Oligarchy study as being more accurately described as a "Plutocratic Oligarchy." This simply means that "the vast majority of decisions are made to benefit a small amount of very rich people." It was humorously titled "The 'Duh' Report."

This scientific research will be compiled in a formal report for the Fall 2014 issue of Perspectives on Politics. It addresses serious questions not often faced, such as who in the nation really rules it? The researchers measured main policy issues that amounted to 1,779 of them.

The policy issues study was designed to learn if they were set up "democratically or if the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both," according to the report. The US Oligarchy study was done by researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University.

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts,” researchers wrote in their analysis.

Researchers wrote that while citizens in the US "enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]."

The report added that economic elites and organized interest groups virtually control political life and all its policies. The average "median voter" American has "miniscule, near-zero" impact on any of those things.

When the report comes out, the title of it will be“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” It covers what doesn't come off as surprising, but shows scientific analysis of those long-held beliefs.

To make a long story short, the US Oligarchy study reveals that the majority don't rule the nation. The wealthy and powerful carry the most weight in America's deciding factors all the way around.

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