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

Rodden, Jonathan, (author.).

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Moorhead Public Library 324.0973 ROD (Text) 33500013086863 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541644274
  • ISBN: 1541644271
  • Physical Description: vii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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, etc.:
"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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    With shrewd insights, Rodden, a professor of political science at Stanford, lays out a compelling, intricate, and meticulously documented case for the geographic basis of contemporary political strife. The political crisis of our time, he argues, is the sectional divide between city and country. In the United States and certain other countries, urban voters get short shrift in political representation—a product of geographically delineated, winner-take-all electoral districts. Because urban voters have become the near-exclusive constituency of left-leaning parties, the Left in many countries faces an undemocratic structural disadvantage. In the U.S., Rodden's main focus, Democrats often lose even when they get more votes, a profound stress on the political system. A study of the political history of Reading, Pennsylvania, since 1877 adds texture and context, as does the book's frequent references to the UK, Canada, and Australia, which have similar systems and face similar challenges. Surprisingly, Rodden makes little of another element of American antidemocratic politics—racial barriers to voting. Yet he does offer a powerful, well-developed perspective on the nature of our contemporary politics, and compelling suggestions to fix it. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jonathan A. Rodden is professor of political science and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and founder and director of the Stanford Spatial Social Science Lab. The author of the prizewinning Hamilton's Paradox, he lives in Stanford, California.

Subject: Democratic Party (U.S.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
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.
Electoral geography.
Representative government and representation.
Right and left (Political science)
Voting research.
United States.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.

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