Episode #16: Why Did Progressive Parties Abandon Working Class Voters?
In the 1990s, progressive parties turned away from working-class policies and embraced more rightwing ideas. So why did this happen? And how has this shaped opinions about progressive policies.
Political scientist Tom O’Grady thinks he has the answer. His analysis shows that the type of elected official matters a great deal. The decline of working-class politicians and the rise of the careerist managerial-class can help explain it
We also talk about his fascinating analysis about how politicians can shape public opinion, and why progressives need to lead, rather than follow, public opinion.