Lawmakers more responsive to working class districts with strong unions

 

It’s a truism of modern politics that Congress is not particularly responsive to the needs of working-class constituents. However, a new study from Duke University shows that lawmakers are more responsive to constituencies with a larger union presence.

They found that an increase in union membership, “increases legislative responsiveness towards the poor by about six to eight percentage points. As a result, in districts with relatively strong unions legislators are about equally responsive to rich and poor Americans.”

House voting patterns skew heavily toward the needs of the rich, but researchers say a large unionized constituency can alter that dynamic.


House voting patterns skew heavily toward the needs of the rich, but researchers say a large unionized constituency can alter that dynamic.

 


To read the entire Washington Post article by Christopher Ingraham:

 

 

Lawmakers more responsive to working class in districts with strong unions,

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