Great Overview of How Inequality is Understood in American Politics

I’d like to draw your attention to some excellent research conducted by our friend Anat Shenker-Osorio for the Progressive Ideas Network, in partnership with the Institute for Policy Studies.  She explored the idealized cognitive models, conceptual metaphors, and semantic frames that shape how inequality is understood in American politics.  An overview of her findings can be found here.

Briefs and Reports

“Narrowing the Gap, Leveling the Field: How We Talk about Inequality,” an in-depth report and cognitive linguistic analysis of the myriad challenges in communicating about inequality, with recommendations for improving our linguistic practices.

“Applying What We Know: What Previous Research on Taxation, Government and Wealth Can Teach Us About Messaging Inequality,” a summary report of existing polling data, framing research, and messaging on the topic of inequality.

Two “cheat sheets,” one on the barrier and gap models of inequality, and the other on the scale and vertigo models.

(Cognitive Policy Works contributed to this effort by sharing narratives about wealth and prosperity that arise through contrasting moral worldviews.)

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