The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (Chicago Studies in American Politics)

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (Chicago Studies in American Politics) Author Katherine J. Cramer
ISBN-10 022634911X
ISBN-13 9780226349114
Year 2016-03-23
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Since the election of Scott Walker Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appropriate role of government in the wake of the Great Recession In a time of rising inequality Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thousands of protesters to Capitol Square he was subsequently reelected How could this happen How is it that the very people who stand to benefit from strong government services not only vote against the candidates who support those services but are vehemently against the very idea of big government With The Politics of Resentment Katherine J Cramer uncovers an oft overlooked piece of the puzzle rural political consciousness and the resentment of the liberal elite Rural voters are distrustful that politicians will respect the distinct values of their communities and allocate a fair share of resources What can look like disagreements about basic political principles are therefore actually rooted in something even more fundamental who we are as people and how closely a candidate s social identity matches our own Using Scott Walker and Wisconsin s prominent and protracted debate about the appropriate role of government Cramer illuminates the contours of rural consciousness showing how place based identities profoundly influence how people understand politics regardless of whether urban politicians and their supporters really do shortchange or look down on those living in the country The Politics of Resentment shows that rural resentment no less than partisanship race or class plays a major role in dividing America against itself

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