Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches

@inproceedings{McCarty2006PolarizedAT,
  title={Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches},
  author={Nolan McCarty and Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal},
  year={2006}
}
The idea of America as politically polarized—that there is an unbridgeable divide between right and left, red and blue states—has become a cliche. What commentators miss, however, is that increasing polarization in recent decades has been closely accompanied by fundamental social and economic changes—most notably, a parallel rise in income inequality. In Polarized America, Nolan McCarty, Keith Poole, and Howard Rosenthal examine the relationships of polarization, wealth disparity, immigration… 
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