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Contested Populism: The Cross-pressured White Working Class in American Politics

dc.contributor.advisorMorris, Irwin Len_US
dc.contributor.authorMcTague, John Michaelen_US
dc.description.abstractWhile there has been a fair amount of research on class cleavages in the United States, the extant literature is a muddle of competing explanations of the political behavior of the white working class. Some argue that they are trending more Democratic on economic grounds in an era of growing inequality, while others point to growing Republican support based on social, cultural, and moral issues. I argue that the white working class is cross-pressured in a political environment that makes both the economic and cultural dimensions of class salient. Class shapes important economic outcomes, such as income, but it also socializes an authoritarian worldview. Although the Republican Party has made strong inroads with this constituency on the basis of their relatively higher levels of authoritarianism, the Democratic Party remains a competitive alternative based on its economic policies.en_US
dc.titleContested Populism: The Cross-pressured White Working Class in American Politicsen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentGovernment and Politicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPolitical Behavioren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPolitical Partiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWhite Working Classen_US

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