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The Paradox of Representation: Racial Gerrymandering and Minority Interests in Congress
     

The Paradox of Representation: Racial Gerrymandering and Minority Interests in Congress

by David Lublin
 

ISBN-10: 0691010102

ISBN-13: 9780691010106

Pub. Date: 07/19/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In The Paradox of Representation David Lublin offers an unprecedented analysis of a vast range of rigorous, empirical evidence that exposes the central paradox of racial representation: Racial redistricting remains vital to the election of African Americans and Latinos but makes Congress less likely to adopt policies favored by blacks. Lublin's evidence,

Overview

In The Paradox of Representation David Lublin offers an unprecedented analysis of a vast range of rigorous, empirical evidence that exposes the central paradox of racial representation: Racial redistricting remains vital to the election of African Americans and Latinos but makes Congress less likely to adopt policies favored by blacks. Lublin's evidence, together with policy recommendations for improving minority representation, will make observers of the political scene reconsider the avenues to fair representation.

Using data on all representatives elected to Congress between 1972 and 1994, Lublin examines the link between the racial composition of a congressional district and its representative's race as well as ideology. The author confirms the view that specially drawn districts must exist to ensure the election of African Americans and Latinos. He also shows, however, that a relatively small number of minorities in a district can lead to the election of a representative attentive to their interests. When African Americans and Latinos make up 40 percent of a district, according to Lublin's findings, they have a strong liberalizing influence on representatives of both parties; when they make up 55 percent, the district is almost certain to elect a minority representative.

Lublin notes that particularly in the South, the practice of concentrating minority populations into a small number of districts decreases the liberal influence in the remaining areas. Thus, a handful of minority representatives, almost invariably Democrats, win elections, but so do a greater number of conservative Republicans. The author proposes that establishing a balance between majority-minority districts and districts where the minority population would be slightly more dispersed, making up 40 percent of a total district, would allow more African Americans to exercise more influence over their representatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010106
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/19/1999
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction3
Pt. IBlack and Latino Descriptive Representation15
The History of Black and Latino Representation17
The Election of Black and Latino Representatives39
Pt. IIBlack and Latino Substantive Representation55
African-American and Latino Representation57
Race and Representation72
Racial Redistricting and Public Policy98
The Outlook for the Future120
Notes135
References147
Index155

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