Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics

Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics

by Peter F. Burns
     
 

Focusing on four medium-sized northeastern cities with strong political traditions, Electoral Politics Is Not Enough analyzes conditions under which white leaders respond to and understand minority interests. Peter F. Burns argues that conventional explanations, including the size of the minority electorate, the socioeconomic status of the citizenry, and the… See more details below

Overview

Focusing on four medium-sized northeastern cities with strong political traditions, Electoral Politics Is Not Enough analyzes conditions under which white leaders respond to and understand minority interests. Peter F. Burns argues that conventional explanations, including the size of the minority electorate, the socioeconomic status of the citizenry, and the percentage of minority elected officials do not account for variations in white leaders’ understanding of and receptiveness toward African American and Latino interests. Drawing upon interviews with more than 200 white and minority local leaders, and through analysis of local education and public safety policies, he finds that unconventional channels, namely neighborhood groups and community-based organizations, strongly influence the representation of minority interests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791466537
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Representation of minority interests1
Ch. 2Variation among the northeastern cities11
Ch. 3Awareness of African American and Latino policy preferences41
Ch. 4Responsiveness to African American and Latino interests71
Ch. 5How African Americans and Latinos gain policy responsiveness95
Ch. 6Urban regime theory and the representation of minority interests107

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