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The geography of money and politics: Population density, social networks, and political contributions

Lin, Yu-Ru and Kennedy, Ryan and David, Lazer (2017) The geography of money and politics: Population density, social networks, and political contributions.

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Abstract

We examine the social antecedents of contributing to campaigns, with a particular focus on the role of population density and social networking opportunities. Using 10 years of US campaign contribution data from the Federal Election Commission and a national survey of party leaders, we find that recruiting contributors is easier in a densely populated region, where the daily opportunity of individuals being exposed to the same information via their social networks is high. Furthermore, the effect of population density is heterogeneous with respect to mobility: if a region has substantial commuting outflow, the chance of being mobilized from the place of residence decreases, but the chance of mobilization in their place of work increases. This analysis also reveals differences between political parties. Democrats are more dependent on social networking in population dense areas. This difference in the importance of social networking opportunities present in geographical space helps explain macro-level patterns in party fundraising.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lin, Yu-Ruyurulin@pitt.eduYURULIN
Kennedy, Ryan
David, Lazer
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
CorrespondentLin, Yu-RuUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 23 November 2017
Volume: 4
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/2053168017742015
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 19:41
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2018 19:41
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/34723

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