Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting: Minority-Opportunity Districts and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks to City Councils / Edition 1

Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting: Minority-Opportunity Districts and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks to City Councils / Edition 1

by Joshua G. Behr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791459969

ISBN-13: 9780791459966

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Why do cities with similar minority populations vary greatly in the adoption of minority-opportunity districts and, by extension, differ in the number of elected Hispanic and black representatives? Through in-depth research of the districting processes of more than 100 cities, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting provides the first nationwide study…  See more details below

Overview

Why do cities with similar minority populations vary greatly in the adoption of minority-opportunity districts and, by extension, differ in the number of elected Hispanic and black representatives? Through in-depth research of the districting processes of more than 100 cities, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting provides the first nationwide study of minority-opportunity districts at the local level. Joshua G. Behr explores the motives of the players involved, including incumbent legislators, Department of Justice officials, and organized interests, while investigating the roles that segregation, federal oversight, litigation, partisan elections, and resource disparity, among others, play in the election of Hispanics and blacks. Behr’s book documents—for both theorists and practitioners—the necessary conditions for enhancing minority-opportunity districts at the local level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791459966
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1The City: Stepchild of Redistricting Controversies1
2Making the Connection: The Links among System Aptitude, Minority-Opportunity Districts, and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks7
3Players in the Politics of "Selling" Minority-Opportunity Districts: Self-Serving Incumbents, the Feds, and Organized Interests15
4The Design: Review of Hypothesized Relationships, Data Sources, and Measurement of Variables39
5The Adoption of Hispanic and Black Minority-Opportunity Districts: Model Testing and Findings51
6The Election of Hispanic and Black Descriptive Representatives: Model Testing and Findings77
7Conclusion: The Meaning of Meaningful Electoral Opportunity97
App. ASurvey Design and Sample Questionnaires113
App. BCities Surveyed119
App. C: Cases Cited121
App. DOperational Definition of Region123
Notes125
Bibliography135
Author Index151
Subject Index155

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