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The Political Effects of Neoliberalism

Why have less-educated Americans, long the base of the Democratic Party, flocked to Republicans in recent decades? New research shows that much of this change can be explained by the Democratic Party’s evolution on economic policy, as the party gradually moved away from its traditional emphasis on "predistribution policies" (favored by less-educated Americans), instead embracing redistributive tax-and-transfer policies (favored by more-educated Americans).