Why Cities Don’t Win Elections

Aug 21, 2019

Jonathan A. Rodden


In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton carried the largest cities in the country – but the cities lost.

Author Jonathan A. Rodden knows why.

It’s not just the electoral college, or partisan gerrymandering. It has to do with how what Americans believe correlates with where they live – a relationship that goes back more than 100 years.

In his new book “Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide,” Rodden dives into the roots of geographic polarization in the United States, its effect on elections throughout history, and what Democrats can do to level the playing field.

Larry sits down with Rodden to talk about his book, the 2020 race, and more.


Jonathan A. Rodden, author of “Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide” (Basic Books, June 2019); he is a professor of political science and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

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