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Local Elections and the Politics of Small-Scale Democracy

J. Eric Oliver, Shang E. Ha, and Zachary Callen


Local government is the hidden leviathan of American politics: it accounts for nearly a tenth of gross domestic product, it collects nearly as much in taxes as the federal government, and its decisions have an enormous impact on Americans' daily lives. Yet political scientists have few explanations for how people vote in local elections, particularly in the smaller cities, towns, and suburbs where most Americans live. Drawing on a wide variety of data sources and case studies, this book offers the first comprehensive analysis of electoral politics in America's municipalities. Arguing that curr ... More

Keywords: local government, American politics, local elections, electoral politics, municipalities, national elections, state elections, local community, local governance, grassroots politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691143552
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Eric Oliver, author
University of Chicago

Shang E. Ha, author

Zachary Callen, author