Why Only The Wealthy Run For Office, And What Needs To Change

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Heard On The Morning Show
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Even though they represent only a small slice of the American population, the wealthy and ultra-wealthy make up a large portion of our government. While the cost of running for office can be high, does that fully explain why more working-class individuals aren’t being elected? A political scientist weighs in on the factors keeping these candidates off the ballot, the consequences of being governed only by the rich, and what could be done to help everyday Americans who aspire to run for office.

Episode Credits

  • Carrie Kaufman Host
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Nicholas Carnes Guest