Two years ago, the American Political Science Association convened the Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy. In June, it released a report, American Democracy in an Age of Rising Inequality, which concludes, in part:
Disparities of income, wealth, and access to opportunity are growing more sharply in the United States than in other nations, and gaps between races and ethnic groups persist. Progress toward realizing American ideals of democracy may have stalled, and in some arenas reversed.
The report charges that those active in politics often hold views more "intense or extreme" than average citizens. This viewpoint, coupled with a rise in the influence of special interest groups, inhibits elected official ability to craft compromise.
There are three parts to the report: a general report directed towards citizens and journalists; scholarly analysis of "economic, gender, racial, and ethnic inequalities in American politic;" and teaching modules designed for graduate and undergraduate courses.