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Your Call: The state of U.S. democracy

Jul 28, 2016


On the July 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the health of American democracy.

Cloaked in American flags and patriotism, the Republicans and Democrats have shared their vision for the country over the last two weeks. But how democratic is our political system?

Economic elites and business interests have more influence over shaping public policies than the people, according to a 2014 study published in the American Political Science Association. What will it take to put democracy back in the hands of the people? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Ian Haney López, chaired professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

Frances Fox Piven, faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of Poor People's Movements

Web Resources:

Bill Moyers and Company: The Most Important Part of Day One That No One Is Focusing On

The Nation:  We Still Need a Future to Believe In

American Political Science Association: Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

Los Angeles Times: Transcript: President Obama's Democratic National Convention speech

The Nation: The Democratic Convention is Highlighting the Difference Between Electoral and Movement Politics 

The Nation:  How Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Progressive Platform in Democratic Party History