Poli Sci Mar 13 - Lecture 3/13 What are the explanations...

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Lecture 3/13 What are the explanations for these trends? The south. Everyone in the south pretty much identifies with one party regardless of ideology. This gives the illusion on a more polarized nation. Rise of new, less consensual issues. More difficult to compromise stem cell research than it is to compromise taxes. There isn't really a middle ground on these kinds of issues. Residential location decisions. People want to be around people like themselves. They tend to gravitate to areas that support their ideologies. “It's Bush's fault.” (preceded by, “It's Clinton's fault.”) Polarization is a result of George Bush (or Clinton in the 90's). However, it's suggested that this blame game is the result of greater sorting of the population, not the other way around. The more polarized environment gives a more polarized review of the president. Redistricting. The more you design districts to be safe for a certain party, the more the elected officials will behave in ideological ways to appease their constituents. Studies show that this
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