Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy: Representing the "Homeland"?

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How do the foreign policy priorities of Latino Americans relate to U.S. foreign policy in general and U.S. policy toward Latin America in particular? Public policy elites and the general U.S. public doubt the depth of Latino patriotism, suspecting Latinos of representing their homelands' interests over and above those of the U.S. Through a series of studies surveying Latinos throughout the U.S., this book demonstrates that Latino Americans are more like other Americans with respect to foreign policy than is ...
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Overview

How do the foreign policy priorities of Latino Americans relate to U.S. foreign policy in general and U.S. policy toward Latin America in particular? Public policy elites and the general U.S. public doubt the depth of Latino patriotism, suspecting Latinos of representing their homelands' interests over and above those of the U.S. Through a series of studies surveying Latinos throughout the U.S., this book demonstrates that Latino Americans are more like other Americans with respect to foreign policy than is popularly assumed. At the same time, differences between and among various Latino communities (e.g., those with ties to Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Mexico) exist, and may be a source of growing Latino political power—perhaps more relevant to domestic politics than to foreign policy.

Author Biography: Rodolfo O. de la Garza is Vice-President of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and Mike Hogg Professor of Community Affairs in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Harry P. Pachon is president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and professor of political studies at Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate University.

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The volume presents a groundbreaking effort that systematically examines the foreign policy initiatives of Latinos in the U.S. It offers a baseline for future comparative efforts. A significant contribution to the literature, of interest to a wide audience of students, academics, and journalists. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
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Spirited and well-documented book. An important contribution to the ongoing debate over the power of ethnic groups in the making of American foreign policy.
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The volume presents a groundbreaking effort that systematically examines the foreign policy initiatives of Latinos in the U.S. It offers a baseline for future comparative efforts. A significant contribution to the literature, of interest to a wide audience of students, academics, and journalists. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742501362
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodolfo O. de la Garza is vice-president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and professor of political science at Columbia University. Harry P. Pachon is president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and professor of political studies at Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Latinos and the National Interest 1
1 Introduction 3
Pt. II Latinos and Foreign Policymaking 19
2 Foreign Policy Perspectives of Hispanic Elites 21
3 Family Ties and Ethnic Lobbies 43
Pt. III Home Country Responses to "Family Ties and Ethnic Lobbies" 103
4 The Exceptionality of Colombians 105
5 The Political Role of Dominicans Residing in the United States 113
6 El Salvador's Relations with Salvadoran Emigrants 121
7 Relations with the Mexican Diaspora 125
Pt. IV Latinos as an Ethnic Lobby: U.S. Perspectives 131
8 The Latino Foreign Policy Lobby 133
9 Bienvenidos: Latinos and Hemispheric Policy 137
Pt. V Conclusion 145
10 Latinos and U.S.-Latin American Relations: Theoretical and Practical Implications 147
Index 159
About the Contributors 169
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