Benjamin Page

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Benjamin I. Page (born c. 1939) is the Gordon S. Fulcher professor of decision making at Northwestern University. His interests include American politics and U.S. foreign policy, with particular interests in public opinion and policy making, the mass media, empirical democratic theory, and political economy. In 2014, Page, alongside co-author Martin Gilens, appeared on The Daily Show[1][2] to discuss their study that found the policy-making process of American politics is dominated by economic elites.[3]

Page graduated cum laude from Stanford University in 1961 with an A.B. in History. He completed his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965, and his PhD in Political Science from Stanford in 1973.[4] He completed additional post-doctoral training in Economics at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as he completed his dissertation. Page worked as an assistant professor for many institutions including Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, and University of Wisconsin. In 1988, he became a professor at Northwestern, serving as a professor of decision making for their political science department. Page has served on multiple political, economic, and social science fellowships through his career. As of 2016, his most recent focus is on a project called "Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good".[5]

Page has served on multiple political boards and associations through the years. In 1976, he sat on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Studies until 1982.[6] He has worked closely with the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), serving on its governing council from 1984–1986. From 1991–1993, he served as vice president to the MPSA.[7]


  • Living with the Dragon: How the American Public Views the Rise of China. New York: Columbia University Press; 2010. ISBN 0-231-52549-4
  • Constrained Internationalism: Adapting to New Realities. Chicago: Chicago Council on Global Affairs; 2010.
  • Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality.Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 2009 ISBN 0-226-64456-1
  • The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders but Do Not Get. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 2006. ISBN 0-2266-4459-6
  • Navigating Public Opinion: Polls, Policy, and the Future of American Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press; 2002.
  • Worldviews 2002: American Public Opinion & Foreign Policy. Chicago: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; 2002.
  • What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 2000. ISBN 0-226-64481-2
  • Who Deliberates? Mass Media and Modern Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 1996.
  • The Struggle for Democracy: An introduction to American Politics. New York: HarperCollins; 1993.
  • The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans' Policy Preferences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 1992. ISBN 0-226-64477-4
  • Who Gets What from Government. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; 1983.
  • The American Presidency. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1983. ISBN 0-0704-8109-1
  • Choices and Echoes in Presidential Elections: Rational Man and Electoral Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 1978.
  • The Politics of Representation: The Democratic Convention in 1972. New York: St. Martins; 1974
  • Benjamin I. Page, Jason Seawright, and Matthew J. Lacombe Billionaires and Stealth Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 2018


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