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They Have the Money and the Political Power: Wealthy Whites are More Represented than People of Color

Sean McElwee

Though much political science research and news coverage focuses on federal and state level politics, most Americans interact far more often with municipal government. Yet research at this level is difficult: The data available is sparse and tends to be of uneven quality. New research by leading scholars, however, suggests that municipal representation is as unequal as national representation, and that wealthy whites get more representation than low-income people and people of color.[...]