“Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation” – Alex Penk in The Press
Alex’s latest op-ed features in The Christchurch Press, where he discusses the political and social risks of growing demographic rifts between our rural and urban areas.
Read the column on stuff.co.nz here:
Urban/rural split could lead to political polarisation as seen in the US
“So regional differences can be the natural and healthy product of different ideas about what’s important in life. But evidence from the US shows that there can come a point when those lifestyle differences harden into political divisions.
“Researchers have found that since the 1970s, increasing numbers of Americans are choosing to live in the same place as others who think and act like them, sharing cultural and lifestyle values. The researchers, who found that marriage rates were the best available indicator of differences in deeply held beliefs, worked out that this “geographic clustering” plays a significant role in the stark increase of polarisation we can see playing out in federal US politics.” read more…