Why geography matters for voting

Last week’s Econtalk was one of my favorite podcasts during the year. Jonathan Rodden talked about

Among many interesting points that he mentioned, in particular on the “geography of voting”, there are three things that I particularly like about his work:

(1) There is a direct linkage between his inductive finding (that denser population in a region leads to more votes for democratic party) and the deductive conclusion (that the “winner-take-all” electoral rule in America can under-represent the democratic supporters).

(2) It brings into concern the possibility that the effect of a policy or a voting procedure is sensitive to the (social and political) construction of geographic boundaries.

(3) It sheds light on the old question (since as early as Kenneth Arrow) of the possibility/impossibility of coming up with a flawless method of aggregating individual preference.

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Comments

  • onlylonely  On October 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’ll read this later after i listen to it myself! Xie Jue Ju Tou, lol:)

    • mumamme  On October 31, 2012 at 4:38 am

      haha, i think you (and your students) will like it~

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