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date: 18 January 2020

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This article discusses what is known about suburban politics in the United States and what we need to do to better understand them as political communities. Suburbanization is changing the character of politics at the national, metropolitan, and local levels, but it remains unclear how these changes are occurring and what they mean for American democracy. The article proposes a new conceptual framework for understanding suburbs and their politics in the twenty-first century, and identifies areas ripe for further empirical investigation.

Keywords: suburban politics, United States, political communities, suburbanization, American democracy, conceptual framework

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