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“Bishin’s Theory explaining Bartel’s findings”
Many citizens wonder how the political system in this democratic nation we call America, actually works. One theory, in Bishin’s Tyranny of the Minority, states that politicians are only responsive to an intense few (Bishin 2009). Where as, Bartel’s key empirical findings in Unequal democracy, explains that republicans are not responsive to the poor (Bartel 2008). My argument is that Bishin’s theory of representation explains Bartel’s empirical findings because Bartel‘s key empirical findings are that republicans are not responsive to the poor which explains Bishin‘s theory that politicans are only concerned with intense groups which are passionate about certain issues, for example the rich and the decrease in their taxes.
In Baretel’s Unequal Democracy, Bartel uses various findings and surveys to find the truth about the various issues in both economics and politics within the different classes in America. The subject of Bartel’s Unequal Democracy is that politicians are only responsive to the wealthy because of the fact that the tax cuts are favored for the rich (Bartel 2008). For example, under the Bush Tax cuts, the rich were given generous tax cuts while the poor were getting little to none, which led to Bartel’s key empirical findings.
Bartel’s key empirical findings state that republicans are in fact not responsive to the poor (Bartel 2008). Bartel extensively uses the minimum wage amount, the estate tax, and the Bush tax cuts as means to explain his theory of representation (Bartel 2008). For example, he uses minimum wage as a representation for the poor in the government and

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the minimum wage in the United States takes years if not decades to change. Which shows the lack of interest that politicians in the government show for the lower class citizen.   Lastly, Bartel’s goal of writing such findings is to simply tell the reader that politics does in fact matter (Bartel 2008). Through the...