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III Factors, 30 Economic Inequality and Constitutional Democracy

Ganesh Sitaraman

From: Constitutional Democracy in Crisis?

Edited By: Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson, Mark Tushnet

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 March 2023

Does the contemporary crisis of constitutional democracy have anything to do with economic inequality? In popular commentary and scholarly discourse, the answers vary wildly. Many argue that the vote for Brexit in 2016, the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, and even the popularity of socialist senator Bernie Sanders are a function, directly or indirectly, of widening economic inequality. Others contend that racism and nativism are the central issues. Some think that some basic constitutional structures are outdated and need to be...
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