Labor Unions and White Democratic Partisanship

  title={Labor Unions and White Democratic Partisanship},
  author={David Macdonald},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  • D. Macdonald
  • Published 25 June 2020
  • Economics
  • Political Behavior
The Democratic Party’s declining support among white voters is a defining feature of contemporary American politics. Extant research has emphasized factors such as elite polarization and demographic change but has overlooked another important trend, the decades-long decline of labor union membership. This oversight is surprising, given organized labor’s long ties to the Democratic Party. I argue that the concurrent decline of union membership and white support for the Democratic Party is not… 

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