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Author Rodden, Jonathan, author.

Title Why cities lose : the deep roots of the urban-rural political divide / Jonathan Rodden.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2019.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Sycamore PL Adult 2nd Floor - SYLY-12  324.0973 ROD    AVAILABLE
 Talcott Free LD Adult Non-Fiction - TFLY-11  324.097 ROD    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description vii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Geography and the dilemma of the left -- The long shadow of the industrial revolution -- From workers' parties to urban parties -- Urban form and voting -- What is wrong with the Pennsylvania Democrats? -- Political geography and the representation of Democrats -- Political geography and the battle for the soul of the left -- Proportional representation and the road not taken -- The end of the dilemma?
Summary "A [...] 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 left's 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 today's urban-rural political conflict, Why Cities Lose also points to electoral reforms that could address the left's under-representation while reducing urban-rural polarization." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Democratic Party (U.S.)
Democratic Party (U.S.) (OCoLC)fst00532710
Electoral geography -- United States.
Cities and towns -- Political aspects -- United States.
Voting research -- United States.
Right and left (Political science) -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Cities and towns -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00861823
Electoral geography. (OCoLC)fst01747183
Representative government and representation. (OCoLC)fst01094941
Right and left (Political science) (OCoLC)fst01097849
Voting research. (OCoLC)fst01169267
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9781541644274 (hardcover alkaline paper)
1541644271 (hardcover alkaline paper)

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