What the Demolition of Public Housing Teaches Us about the Impact of Racial Threat on Political Behavior

  title={What the Demolition of Public Housing Teaches Us about the Impact of Racial Threat on Political Behavior},
  author={Ryan D. Enos},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • Ryan D. Enos
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Political Science
How does the context in which a person lives affect his or her political behavior? I exploit an event in which demographic context was exogenously changed, leading to a significant change in voters' behavior and demonstrating that voters react strongly to changes in an outgroup population. Between 2000 and 2004, the reconstruction of public housing in Chicago caused the displacement of over 25,000 African Americans, many of whom had previously lived in close proximity to white voters. After the… 

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