Poor representation : Congress and the politics of poverty in the United States / Kristina C. Miler, University of Maryland.
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018. , ©2018
xiv, 222 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- United States. Congress.
United States. Congress.
Poor -- Government policy -- United States.
Poor -- Political activity -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
United States -- Social policy.
Poor -- Government policy.
Poor -- Political activity.
Representative government and representation.
- Ten of millions of Americans live in poverty, but this book reveals that they receive very little representation in Congress. While a burgeoning literature examines the links between political and economic inequality, this book is the first to comprehensively examine the poor as a distinct constituency. Drawing on three decades of data on political speeches, party platforms, and congressional behavior, miler first shows that, contrary to what many believe, the poor are highly visible to legislators. Yet, the poor are grossly underrepresented when it comes to legislative activity, both by Congress as a whole and by individual legislators, even those who represent high-poverty districts. To take up their issues in Congress, the poor must rely on a few surrogate champions who have little district connection to poverty but view themselves as broader advocates and often see poverty from a racial or gender-based perspective.
- 1. What about the Poor?
2. The Political Visibility of the Poor
3. Congressional Inaction for the Poor
4. Congressional Unresponsiveness to the Poor
5. Legislators' Unresponsiveness to the Poor
6. Surrogate Champions for the Poor
7. Positioned for Legislative Success
8. Achieving Better Representation.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-217) and index.
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9781108590198 (PDF ebook)
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