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When state elections have more racially diverse candidates, policies to tackle inequality are less likely to be seen as important

Matakos, Konstantinos and Xefteris, Dimitrios (2016) When state elections have more racially diverse candidates, policies to tackle inequality are less likely to be seen as important. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (13 Apr 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Traditional political theory suggests that as income inequalities increase, voters will tend to demand more policies which are aimed at tackling inequality. And yet, despite the rise of the 1%, we have not seen a comprehensive response from politicians with such policies. In new research, Konstantinos Matakos and Dimitrios Xefteris argue that race and identity may be a mitigating factor. They find that when elections have more diverse candidates, race and identity overtake inequality as issues of importance, and that this is linked to the election of fewer candidates with redistributive platforms.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 13:45
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66362

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