Why working-class Americans almost never become politicians, what that means for democracy, and what reformers can do about it
Why are Americans governed by the rich? Millionaires make up only three percent of the public but control all three branches of the federal government. How did this happen? What stops lower-income and working-class Americans from becoming politicians? The first book to answer these urgent questions, The Cash Ceiling provides a compelling and comprehensive account of why so few people who aren't rich hold office-and what reformers can do about it. 43 b/w illus., 15 tables.