Diversity in Democracy: Minority Representation in the United States

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As the racial and ethnic minority population of the United States grows past 30 percent, candidates cannot afford to ignore the minority vote. The studies collected in Diversity in Democracy show that political scientists, too, must fully recognize the significance of minority-representation studies for our understanding of the electoral process in general.
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Overview

As the racial and ethnic minority population of the United States grows past 30 percent, candidates cannot afford to ignore the minority vote. The studies collected in Diversity in Democracy show that political scientists, too, must fully recognize the significance of minority-representation studies for our understanding of the electoral process in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813923376
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary M. Segura, whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals, is Associate Professor of American Politics at the University of Washington. Shaun Bowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and the coauthor, with Todd Donovan, of Reforming the Republic: Democratic Institutions for the New America.

University of Virginia Press

Gary M. Segura, whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals, is Associate Professor of American Politics at the University of Washington. Shaun Bowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and the coauthor, with Todd Donovan, of Reforming the Republic: Democratic Institutions for the New America.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : social, political, and institutional context and the representation of minority Americans 1
More alike than different : explaining political information among African Americans and Latinos 29
Issue agendas and the politics of Latino partisan identification 51
Learning which party fits : experience, ethnic identity, and the demographic foundations of Latino party identification 72
The racial composition of social networks and African American commitment to the democratic party 102
Tyranny of the majority? : racial and ethnic minorities in direct democracy 123
Latino voting behavior in an anti-Latino political context : the case of Los Angeles County 148
Exploring minority political efficacy : considering the impact of social and institutional context 170
Effects of minority representation on political attitudes and participation 193
"A portrait of the people" : descriptive representation and its impact on U.S. House members' ratings 216
Cumulative voting and minority representation : can it work? 232
Race and redistricting in the twenty-first century 253
Racial and ethnic politics in a multicultural society 278
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