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dc.contributor.authorSims, Gabrielleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-11T19:06:27Z
dc.date.available2015-05-11T19:06:27Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/11218
dc.description.abstractThe research conducted for this study tested how politicians respond their new and established constituents in three neighborhoods in Boston undergoing varying phases of gentrification. The expectation for this research was that wealthy constituents would have their needs addressed by politicians regardless of their status as a new or established resident in the neighborhood. Several in-depth interviews of new and established residents and their politicians were conducted in order to gather data to support the claims found in the existing literature. The methodology used in this research compared the concerns that new and established residents addressed in their in-depth interviews to the policies that were implemented in their community. The key finding of this study was that across the varying phases of gentrification, politicians did tend to listen to the concerns of their wealthier constituents at a higher rate. This research contributes to the existing literature on political representation, political incentives, representation, and voter behavior. The research shows how communities and residents’ sense of political efficacy evolves due to gentrification. The research also highlights the constraints that local politicians face when choosing policy agendas. While the findings for the research were significant, the research is not meant to be representative of general feelings of political representation in each neighborhood.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectGentrificationen_US
dc.subjectHousingen_US
dc.subjectIncomeen_US
dc.subjectRaceen_US
dc.subjectInequalityen_US
dc.subjectClassen_US
dc.subjectBostonen_US
dc.subjectRoxburyen_US
dc.subjectJamaica Plainen_US
dc.subjectSouth Bostonen_US
dc.subjectPovertyen_US
dc.subjectWealthen_US
dc.titlePolitical Representation and Gentrificationen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameBachelor of Artsen_US
etd.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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