The Urban Voter
Group Conflict and Mayoral Voting Behavior in American Cities
Investigates the mayoral politics of New York and Los Angeles to reveal the role that interracial conflict plays in local voting decisions
New analysis of mayoral politics in New York and Los Angeles reveals the crucial role of racial interests in local voting.
Exploring 35 years of public opinion data from mayoral elections in New York and Los Angeles, Karen M. Kaufmann shows how perceptions of interracial conflict can outweigh party attachments and political ideologies in local elections. Her incisive analysis accounts for the Republican victories of the 1990s in overwhelmingly Democratic cities, as well as the "liberal revivals" that followed. The Urban Voter highlights critical interactions between government institutions, local economies, and social diversity, providing a much-needed assessment of urban America's changing demographics, and the ramifications of such changes for American politics.
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"As the racial and ethnic groups that entered the United States after 1965 participate in the political arena in the twenty-first century, The Urban Voter offers a framework that integrates the role of the group and the voter within our urban political contexts. Kaufmann's exploration of group interest theory in urban politics offers an intriguing approach to the complex interactions on the horizon."
—Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"The Urban Voter convincingly reshapes our understanding of big-city politics. Kaufmann neatly specifies when and why party loyalties may yield to race-based identities and interests in local elections. This is an elegant book, deftly argued and amply documented. It is a must-read for all those seriously concerned with urban politics, race, and the future of our major cities."
—Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University
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