Submission Title

The Portland Hipster Versus the Rural Oregonian: The Urban-Rural Divide and the Rise of Resentment in Oregon

Subject Area

Political Science

Description

The topic of political polarization and resentment, specifically within the realm of the urban-rural divide has become a recent topic of importance. This study specifically looks at the urban-rural divide in the state of Oregon and the rise of resentment between urban and rural communities over feelings of unequal power distribution. The urban-rural divide in Oregon is examined through the three themes of political representation, economic distribution, and cultural attitudes, with the hopes of drawing a conclusion of whether these feelings are supported by empirical economic and political data. Other possible factors for these feelings of resentment, such as culture, are also explored. It was found that the feelings of unequal power distribution of political representation and economic allocation were supported differently by the data used. With economic power, the question of whether rural Oregonians receive their fair share was inconclusive with the data presented.

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The Portland Hipster Versus the Rural Oregonian: The Urban-Rural Divide and the Rise of Resentment in Oregon

The topic of political polarization and resentment, specifically within the realm of the urban-rural divide has become a recent topic of importance. This study specifically looks at the urban-rural divide in the state of Oregon and the rise of resentment between urban and rural communities over feelings of unequal power distribution. The urban-rural divide in Oregon is examined through the three themes of political representation, economic distribution, and cultural attitudes, with the hopes of drawing a conclusion of whether these feelings are supported by empirical economic and political data. Other possible factors for these feelings of resentment, such as culture, are also explored. It was found that the feelings of unequal power distribution of political representation and economic allocation were supported differently by the data used. With economic power, the question of whether rural Oregonians receive their fair share was inconclusive with the data presented.