Changes in latitude, changes in attitude: Population movements and conservative shifts in congress

Janet E. Kodras, John Paul Jones

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Abstract

Migration from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South over the past decade has been from politically liberal to conservative areas of the United States. Similarly, migration from central cities to suburbs has been from liberal to conservative areas within states. The Constitution and Supreme Court decisions require redistricting between states (reapportionment) and within states (redistricting) every ten years. This study examines whether reapportionment and redistricting has resulted in a more conservative House of Representatives as the number of representatives from these growing conservative districts has increased. It finds no nationwide evidence to support this proposition; instead, the effects of district reorganization appear to be specific to each district and time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-450
Number of pages14
JournalThe Social Science Journal
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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