Episode 188

Why Cities Lose

August 29, 2019
  • Democracy & Governance
  • Civic Engagement
  • Inequality

Imagine a nation where the political rules are unfair. In this imagine nation, there are two parties. The Big Country party has its strength in rural areas and gets a big head start in every election - they get to win if they earn around 46 percent of the vote. The other party, the party of the city people, gets held back - to win, they need to earn about 54 percent of the vote. As it turns out, this is not an imaginary nation at all, it’s the United States of America. Professor Jonathan Rodden dives into the research from his book on why cities lose when it comes to elections, what that means for our political system, and what can be done to change the situation.

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