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Winner-take-all Politics: How Washington is Making the Rich Richer

February 10, 12--1:15 p.m. | Cowles Auditorium

Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School will welcome Professor Jacob Hacker from 12 to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 in Cowles Auditorium. Hacker, who resides at Yale University, will discuss his book, Winner-take-all Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (2010), and take questions from the audience. Over the past few decades, the U.S. has seen a growing inequality of incomes between the middle class and the rich. In their lively and provocative book, Winner-Take-All Politics, renowned political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson demonstrate convincingly that the usual suspects--foreign trade and financial globalization, technological changes in the workplace, increased education at the top--are largely innocent of the charges against them. Instead, they indict an unlikely suspect and take us on an entertaining tour of the mountain of evidence against the culprit. The guilty party is American politics.

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