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Minority Report : Evaluating Political Equality in America / John D. Griffin, Brian Newman.

Author/Creator:
Griffin, John D., author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (240 p.) : 48 line drawings, 18 tables
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Cultural pluralism -- United States.
Minorities -- Political activity -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Proportional representation -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Are the views of Latinos and African Americans underrepresented in our federal government? For that matter, what does it mean to be represented equitably? Rather than taking for granted a single answer to these complex questions, John Griffin and Brian Newman use different measures of political equality to reveal which groups get what they want from government and what factors lead to their successes. One of the first books to compare the representation of both African Americans and Latinos to that of whites, Minority Report shows that congressional decisions and federal policy tend to mirror the preferences of whites as a group and as individuals better than the preferences of either minority group, even after accounting for income disparities. This is far from the whole story, though, and the authors' multifaceted approach illustrates the surprising degree to which group population size, an issue's level of importance, the race or ethnicity of an office holder, and electoral turnout can affect how well government action reflects the views of each person or group. Sure to be controversial, Minority Report ultimately goes beyond statistical analyses to address the root question of what equal representation really means.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Figures
Tables
Acknowledgments
1. Minority Groups and Political Equality in America
2. Which Groups Govern?
3. Differences in Political Preferences and Priorities
4. Differences in Policy Representation
5. Differences in Legislative Representation
6. Pluralism and Political Representation
7. Descriptive Representation and Political Equality
8. The Rewards of Voting
9. Conclusion: The Future of Political (In)equality
References
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Newman, Brian, author., Author,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226308692
OCLC:
304660262
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226308692 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.