Public Lecture: Jonathan Rodden on the Urban-Rural Political Divide

Why is support for progressive political parties concentrated in cities and support for conservatives in rural and suburban areas?

Drawing on his new book, Why Cities Lose, Stanford University’s Jonathan Rodden will present a bold new interpretation of today’s urban-rural political polarization. Many place exclusive blame on partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. However, Rodden shows that this polarization, and the left’s electoral challenges in the United States, Canada, and other countries, have deep roots in the history of urban industrialization, and are unlikely to change without reforms to electoral systems.

This event is presented by the Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance in the Network for Economic and Social Trends. For more information, contact Zack Taylor,

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:30–3:30pm, Social Science Centre 6210
Light refreshments will be served.


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