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Rich People's MovementsGrassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent$
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Isaac Martin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928996.001.0001

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Introduction: The Riddle of Rich People’s Movements

Introduction: The Riddle of Rich People’s Movements

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Rich People's Movements

Isaac William Martin

Oxford University Press

Rich people’s movements are campaigns that use the social movement repertoire—founding protest associations, holding mass meetings, petitioning, demonstrating, and sometimes even engaging in civil disobedience—to assert the moral worthiness of the rich and to demand that government redistribute resources categorically to the highest-income or highest-wealth people. These movements arise in response to policy threats that provide a critical mass of affluent people with a common locus of causal attribution for their grievances. Rich people and their allies turn to the social movement repertoire, instead of the familiar practice of inside lobbying, when they have been recruited to social movement organizations by experienced activists or “movement entrepreneurs.” Such movements get their demands on the public policy agenda by crafting their policy demands to appeal to a broader coalition than just the rich. They influence public policy when a programmatic party aligned with the rich controls Congress and the presidency.

Keywords:   Rich people, social movements, public policy, lobbying, political entrepreneurs

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