Politik und Gesellschaft


The Constitutional Foundation of Inequality in the United States

Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds

MI 06.10.21, 19:30 – 21:00 Uhr
Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Büchsenstr. 33, 70174 Stuttgart

MIT Bertrall Ross
MIT Martin Seeleib-Kaiser © Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

According to a leading social-science theorem, democracy is supposed to act as a check on growing economic inequality. The intuition behind this is simple: If a majority of the population sees their incomes stagnate while the wealthy minority gets richer, that majority will demand redistributive policies, and representatives will respond by addressing inequality. But in the United States, very little redistribution has accompanied rising economic inequality. Why? In this talk, Bertrall Ross discusses the intentional decision by the framers to the US Constitution to politically disempower the poor, and the constitutional limits the Supreme Court has placed on redressing economic inequality. Against this legal backdrop, he argues that reducing the electorate’s income-class imbalance — i. e. the wealthy voting at higher rates than the less affluent — is one of the last constitutionally effective means of ameliorating political inequality. In so doing, Ross shows how political campaigns’ mobilization strategies are key to inducing greater participation among the poor, and he proposes three legal strategies for how they might be implemented.

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

KOOPERATION: American Academy Berlin, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Evang. Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof Stuttgart.

Generously supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH.

REFERENT: Bertrall Ross, Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School, in discussion with Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Professor of Comparative Public Policy, Institute of Political Science, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

INFO / ANMELDUNG: https://www.americanacademy.de

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