Racism and Redistribution in the United States: A Solution to the Problem of American Exceptionalism

  title={Racism and Redistribution in the United States: A Solution to the Problem of American Exceptionalism},
  author={Woojin Lee and John E. Roemer},
  journal={Yale: Cowles Foundation Working Papers},
The two main political parties in the United States put forth policies on redistribution and on issues pertaining directly to race. We argue that redistributive politics in America can be fully understood only by taking account of the interconnection between these issues, and the effects of political competition upon the multi-dimensional party platforms. We identify two mechanisms through which racism among American voters decreases the degree of redistribution that would otherwise obtain… Expand
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