Local Elections and Representation in the United States

Posted: 28 May 2019

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Christopher Warshaw

George Washington University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

In recent years, there has been a surge in the study of representation and elections in local politics. Scholars have made progress on many of the empirical barriers that stymied earlier researchers. As a result, the study of representation and elections in local politics has moved squarely into the center of American politics. The findings of recent research show that local politics in the modern, polarized era is much more similar to other areas of American politics than previously believed. Scholars have shown that partisanship and ideology play important roles in local politics. Due to the growing ideological divergence between Democrats and Republicans, Democratic elected officials increasingly take more liberal positions, and enact more liberal policies, than Republican ones. As a result, despite the multitude of constraints on local governments, local policies in the modern era tend to largely reflect the partisan and ideological composition of their electorates.

Suggested Citation

Warshaw, Chris, Local Elections and Representation in the United States (May 2019). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 22, pp. 461-479, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3394067 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-050317-071108

Chris Warshaw (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Washington, DC 20052
United States

HOME PAGE: chriswarshaw.com

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