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Why Cities Lose

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You’ve heard that gerrymandering can be bad for representation …

Jonathan A. Rodden wants to take you further back in time to the beginnings of what has become a problem of representation, to the time that the Democrats were aligning with labor and Republicans were moving further from urban spaces. Today in certain states, the historic shift still reveals itself in geographic voting, leading to a mismatch between vote share and seat share.

Host Lisa Schweitzer discusses Why Cities Lose by Jonthan Rodden with Nicolas Duquette, Jeffery A. Jenkins, and Pamela Clouser McCann.

Does the book discover the “deep roots of the urban-rural political divide?” Is this a problem we can fix?

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