352 pages

2 tables and 11 figures

June, 2017

ISBN: 9781479827008



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Jack Knight is Frederic Cleveland Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism, with James Johnson, and The Choices Justices Make, with Lee Epstein.

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Melissa Schwartzberg is Silver Professor of Politics at New York University and author of Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule and Democracy and Legal Change.

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An in-depth political, legal, and philosophical study into the implications of wealth inequality in modern societies.

Wealth, and specifically its distribution, has been a topic of great debate in recent years. Calls for justice against corporations implicated in the 2008 financial crash; populist rallying against “the one percent”; distrust of the influence of wealthy donors on elections and policy—all of these issues have their roots in a larger discussion of how wealth operates in American economic and political life.  

In Wealth a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars in political science, law and philosophy address the complex set of questions that relate to economic wealth and its implications for social and political life in modern societies. The volume thus brings together a range of perspectives on wealth, inequality, capitalism, oligarchy, and democracy. The essays also cover a number of more specific topics including limitarianism, US Constitutional history, the wealth defense industry, slavery, and tax policy.  

Wealth offers analysis and prescription including original assessment of existing forms of economic wealth and creative policy responses for the negative implications of wealth inequality. Economic wealth and its distribution is a pressing issue and this latest installment in the NOMOS series offers new and thought provoking insights.