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Despite rising inequality, Mayors are still focusing on economic development – not redistribution – to help the poor

Atherton, Michelle and Wesley, Leckrone (2016) Despite rising inequality, Mayors are still focusing on economic development – not redistribution – to help the poor. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (12 Jul 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Some studies have shown that addressing income inequality is gaining in popularity. Michelle Atherton and Wesley Leckrone explore whether concern for the poor is an item on the agendas of big cities. Their analysis of mayors’ State of the City (SOTC) speeches shows that attention to redistributive policy options is rare regardless of the demographic or ideological characteristics of a city. The past trend of focusing on economic development, and therefore growth, is still the predominant focus of US mayors. This is especially the case for poorer and more conservative cities.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
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.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Public Policy Group
Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 13:32
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 13:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67706

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