"the 2014 landmark study done by Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton) and Benjamin Page (Northwestern). They reviewed 1,779 congressional bills and found that the average citizen had “near zero” influence over policy. The only bills that passed where those that coincided with the wishes of the wealthy and corporate interests."



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/les-leopold/why-do-progressives-cling_b_9796016.html


Testing Theories of American Politics:
Elites, Interest Groups, and Average
Citizens

https://goo.gl/PURZJ1

https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf