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

Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online Event
Why Cities Lose

The Centre for Urban Policy and Local Goverance Distinguished Lecture

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

Jonathan Rodden
Standford University

Friday, October 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Online Presentation

Why is support for progressive political parties concentrated in cities and support for conservatives in rural and suburban areas? Drawing on his new book, Why Cities Lose, Jonathan Rodden presents a bold new interpretation of today’s urban-rural political polarization. In the American context, many place exclusive blame on partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. However, Rodden shows that this polarization, and the left’s electoral challenges in the United States, Canada, and other countries, have deep roots in the history of urban industrialization, and are unlikely to change without reforms to electoral systems.
Rescheduled from March due to COVID-19.

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