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Minority Report : Evaluating Political Equality in America - John D. Griffin

Minority Report

Evaluating Political Equality in America

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9780226308685
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

"The most comprehensive treatment to date of racial representation in Congress, this book makes novel contributions by focusing on the relative - in addition to the absolute - representation of minority interests and by using several measures of racial equality in the Senate as well as the House." - David Canon, author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation"

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Thinking About Political Inequalityp. 1
Minority Groups and Political Equality in Americap. 3
Which Groups Govern?p. 11
Differences in Representationp. 37
Differences in Political Preferences and Prioritiesp. 39
Differences in Policy Representationp. 59
Differences in Legislative Representationp. 77
Reducing Political Inequalityp. 117
Pluralism and Political Representationp. 119
Descriptive Representation and Political Equalityp. 143
The Rewards of Votingp. 173
Conclusion: The Future of Political (In)equalityp. 195
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780226308685
ISBN-10: 0226308685
Series: American Politics & Political Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36