Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization ?

  title={Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization ?},
  author={Nolan McCarty},
It has now become fashionable to blame increasing levels of partisan conflict and polarization in Congress on the effects of partisan gerrymandering. In this paper, we attempt to assess whether there is a strong causal relationship between congressional districting and polarization. We find very little evidence for such a link. First, we show that congressional polarization is primarily a function of the differences in how Democrats and Republicans represent the same districts rather than a… CONTINUE READING
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