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September 2021

Nathan Kelly on “Inequality and Democracy”

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nathan Kelly’s 2020 book America’s Inequality Trap explores the impacts of the gap between the rich and poor in the US, now at its widest since at least the early 1900s. He argues that when a small fraction of the people control most of the economic resources, they also hold a disproportionate amount of political power, creating a self-perpetuating “inequality trap.”  Economic reform, Kelly argues, must be coupled with political reform.  Kelly is a Professor of Political Science at the…

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