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The Cities on the Hill: How Urban Insitutions Transform National Politics

Thomas K. Ogorzalek


Recent electoral cycles have drawn attention to an urban–rural divide at the heart of American politics. This book traces the origins of red and blue America. The urbanicity divide began with the creation of an urban political order that united leaders from major cities and changed the Democratic Party during the New Deal era. These cities, despite being the site of serious, complex conflicts at home, are remarkably cohesive in national politics because members of city delegations represent their city as well as their district. Even though their constituents often don’t see eye-to-eye on impor ... More

Keywords: liberalism, party realignment, urban politics, Chicago, New York, machine politics, institutional analysis, polarization, race, federalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190668877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190668877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas K. Ogorzalek, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University