Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide

Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide by Jonathan A. Rodden 1541644271 9781541644274
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A prizewinning political scientist traces the origins of urban-rural political conflict and shows how geography shapes elections in America and beyond
Why is it so much easier for the Democratic Party to win the national popular vote than to build and maintain a majority in Congress? Why can Democrats sweep statewide offices in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan yet fail to take control of the same states legislatures? Many place exclusive blame on partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. But as political scientist Jonathan A. Rodden demonstrates in Why Cities Lose, the lefts electoral challenges have deeper roots in economic and political geography.
In the late nineteenth century, support for the left began to cluster in cities among the industrial working class. Today, left-wing parties have become coalitions of diverse urban interest groups, from racial minorities to the creative class. These parties win big in urban districts but struggle to capture the suburban and rural seats necessary for legislative majorities. A bold new interpretation of todays urban-rural political conflict, Why Cities Lose also points to electoral reforms that could address the lefts under-representation while reducing urban-rural polarization.

Author: Jonathan A. Rodden

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2019-06-04

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