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American Academy Lecture at Freie Universität Berlin

Overcoming the Constitutional Barriers to Economic Equality in the United States

In cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin, the American Academy invites you to a talk, in which Bertrall Ross discusses the intentional decision by the framers to the US Constitution to politically disempower the poor, and the constitutional limits the Supreme Court has placed on redressing economic inequality. Against this legal backdrop, he argues that reducing the electorate’s income-class imbalance—i.e. the wealthy voting at higher rates than the less affluent—is one of the most constitutionally effective means of ameliorating political inequality. In so doing, Ross shows how political campaigns’ mobilization strategies are key to inducing greater participation among the poor, and he proposes three legal strategies for how to do so.

November 24th, 2021

16:00 - 17:30 HFB/A lecture hall

Garystr. 35-37, Henry Ford Building

14195 Berlin

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