The Dual Divisions of Class and Culture

The dual divisions of class and culture

Inequality is increasing and class political divisions are now greater than thirty years ago. The parties differ in their economic concerns, and Democrats receive more support from the less affluent than Republicans do. At the same time, cultural issues are now more prominent, and there is a growing division between the parties in their respective positions on these issues. Voters are more responsive to these differing party stands, and in recent years a significant cultural cleavage has developed in American electoral politics at the mass level. Both class and culture affect partisanship and elections in the United States.

The intriguing matter is the relationship between these two sources of political division. As discussed ...

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