Presentation Title

Income Inequality And Political Polarization In American Politics

Presenter Information

Matt Derrickson

Mentor

Michael Welsh

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 154

Abstract

American politics has ground to a halt in part due to increasing partisan behavior in Congress. Since the 1960s, the Republican and Democrat Parties have experienced significant ideological divergence on economic and social issues. By measuring the change in the ideologies of members of Congress from each state since 1960, I will identify which states have undergone the most rapid ideological polarization. I will then calculate the change in economic inequality of each state over the same time period. Using these data sets and regression analysis, I intend to establish a correlative link between greater degrees of political polarization and greater levels of economic inequality.

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Income Inequality And Political Polarization In American Politics

David F. Putnam Science Center - 154

American politics has ground to a halt in part due to increasing partisan behavior in Congress. Since the 1960s, the Republican and Democrat Parties have experienced significant ideological divergence on economic and social issues. By measuring the change in the ideologies of members of Congress from each state since 1960, I will identify which states have undergone the most rapid ideological polarization. I will then calculate the change in economic inequality of each state over the same time period. Using these data sets and regression analysis, I intend to establish a correlative link between greater degrees of political polarization and greater levels of economic inequality.