No Class War: Economic Inquality and the American Public

Benjamin I. Page*, Lawrence R. Jacobs

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter argues that Americans are no longer apathetic about rising economic inequality. Oppositions to egalitarian government programs have decreased extensively and the majority is now supporting a wide range of measures that can reduce inequality. This chapter gives a collection of data based on a survey with the average American as the main respondent. The chapter focuses on awareness and concerns of Americans about economic inequality. It states that even though most Americans still believe in the American dream, wherein, people can still start as poor, work hard, and become rich, people's consciousness on the high inequalities in income and wealth nowadays made it plausible for them to favor government programs such as increasing the budget for education to create equal opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Unsustainable American State
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199852543
ISBN (Print)9780195392135
StatePublished - Jul 20 2012


  • American dream
  • Americans
  • Egalitarian government
  • Equal opportunities
  • Inequality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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