Urban Electoral Coalitions in the Age of Immigration

By | December 14, 2018

This paper comments on the structure of the political system, specifically the relationship between minority groups and their need to increase their limited political experience. When a minority candidate looks to run for office, the need the support of a major  political party or various other groups to, “obtain the political resources needed to win a share of urban power”. User ‘pippinev’ finds this above quote important as it further explains the power dynamics within out political system. We would hope that any person who wishes to fun for office has ample resources to demonstrate their ideas on a national scale. This however clearly remains untrue. 

Within the introduction, we find that geography is a key driver behind the relationship minority public service members hold with their communities. We look at the factors, “macro-level processes that influence a city of region”. The expected outcomes of minority candidates is driven mainly by the geographic region they live within. When the number of immigrants is high in that region, the expected change of winning the vote will increase, and therefore decrease the dependance a minority candidate needs from major party leaders. 

Multiple spacial mapping techniques are used to demonstrate these outcomes and offer additional incite about projected political outcomes in the future. This paper takes a very specific method to defining the relationship all candidates hold with their district. The key lesson from this paper is to see the meaningful information we can derive from seemingly soft topics such as politics by using hard computer analysis. 

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