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The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (Chicago Studies in American Politics) Paperback – March 23, 2016

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  • Series: Chicago Studies in American Politics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (March 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022634911X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226349114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outstanding political analysis. While the book focuses on Wisconsin politics, the thesis is easily generalizable and speaks to the current national political debate. A must read for anyone wishing to understand American politics today.
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The Politics of Resentment Book Review

Ms. Kramer, a University of Wisconsin—Madison Political Science Professor, explored a recent political paradox, “We live in a time of increasing economic inequality, and yet voters continue to elect politicians whose policies respond very disproportionately to the preferences of affluent people.” She examined the origins of this paradox in her home state of Wisconsin, for which rural voters recently tipped the balance from a blue to a red state, seemingly against their own interests. To better understand the opinions of these voters as reported by the usual technique of polling, she personally and repeatedly participated in multiple informal discussions of thirty-nine groups scattered throughout Wisconsin for six years {2007-2012}.
The study identified a very rural identity with “us versus them” characteristics leading to resentment of urban and political elites, public employees, and diverse urban populations. A “rural consciousness” was identified that included “three major components…a perception that rural areas do not receive their fair share of decision-making power, that they are distinct from urban (and suburban) areas in their culture and lifestyle (and these differences are not respected), and that rural areas do not receive their fair share of public resources.” In addition, they believed they worked much harder for lower wages than less deserving urbanites, public employees, and recipients of public assistance and that their culture and communities were dying as a result of these discrepancies.
Reports are reviewed for previous examinations of these perceived discrepancies by the usual political science statistical techniques.
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Excellent analysis of Wisconsin politics that has a lot to say about our national politics at this time as well. I grew up in Wisconsin (Manitowoc) and have observed Wisconsin politics from my youth onwards. The changes that have happened since 2010's election of Scott Walker have been profound and Katherine Cramer frames the social-political issues very well. That said, I am only part way through, though her description of the geography of Wisconsin politics (and the primacy of geography in American politics) rings true.
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This is the 4th book completed working through the New York Time’s “6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win.” It’s worth your time to read a few chapters, and then cut to the conclusions.
I was expecting something about the origin of “resentment,” but NADA.
Dr. Cramer writing reminds me of an academic thesis. The material contains well documented references. Her methodology is sampling 27 coffee klatch gatherings continuously (3 times in most cases) over a few years in service stations and restaurants. The locations were in various communities selected with some forethought throughout Wisconsin.
The material is presented with many group conversation transcriptions, which raises in my mind the author’s selection bias and the veracity of her conclusions. In other words, she didn’t take a data driven positive methodology approach, but rather a “lessons from listening” gathering of opinion.
I have the uneasy feeling that Prof. Cramer’s effort is a compassionate, but patronizing. “So sorry, but the stars are aligned against rural America.”
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If you want to understand the 2016 election and how/why Donald Trump won then this is a must read. Katherine Cramer does an amazing job presenting her data and explaining what rural consciousness is.
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She is an academic, not a popular author. There were parts that were very slow going. Still, it's a very interesting, and in many ways surprising, topic these days. I can understand much better the vein that was being tapped. It would appear that a lot of Trump's supporters are going to be very disappointed, and more angry than ever, by 2020.
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Good research, presented in a ponderous manner. I suspect this was a PhD theseis. Saying that, the insights were painfully right on.
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The pain of accepting and living with Wisconsin's politics is now a mirror to the rest of the country. This is a thoughtful and well-written analysis.Unfortunately, many who should read and learn from this book, will never pick it up!
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