This paper explores the perceptions of government responsiveness in Western Europe and how these perceptions have changed over time. We argue theoretically and demonstrate empirically that perceptions of responsiveness are stratified by social class rather than income. Using ISSP data from 1996 to 2016 complemented by data from the mid-1970s, we find that class gaps in political representation have been quite stable over time, but the effect of union membership has changed over time. In the Keynesian era, captured by our data for the 1970s, unionized workers perceived themselves as better represented than non-unionized workers. Since the 1990s, by contrast, we find no significant differences in perceptions between unionized and non-unionized workers. The paper contributes to the literature on unequal representation by focusing attention on the perceptions of citizens and the stratification of such perception by social class. It also brings to the fore the role of macroeconomic management paradigms and the role that they assign to trade unions as societal actors.