Diversity in Democracy (inbunden)
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Diversity in Democracy (inbunden)

Diversity in Democracy

Minority Representation in the United States

Inbunden Engelska, 2005-06-01
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As the racial and ethnic minority population of the United States grows past 30 percent, candidates cannot afford to ignore the minority vote. The studies collected in Diversity in Democracy show that political scientists, too, must fully recognize the significance of minority-representation studies for our understanding of the electoral process in general. If anything has limited such inquiry in the past, it has been the tendency for researchers to address only a single group or problem, yielding little that can be applied to other contexts. Diversity in Democracy avoids this limitation by examining several aspects of representation, including both Latino and African American perspectives, and a wide range of topics, from the dynamics of partisanship to various groups' perceptions of the political system. The result is a work that pulls together decades of disparate work into a broad and cohesive overview of minority representation. The most significant conclusion to emerge from this multifaceted examination is the overwhelming importance of context. There is no single strategic key, but taken together, these studies begin to map the strategies, institutions, and contexts that enhance or limit minority representation. In navigating the complexities of minority politics, moreover, the book reveals much about American representative democracy that pertains to all of us.
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Gary M. Segura, whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals, is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. Shaun Bowler is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, and the coauthor, with Todd Donovan, of Reforming the Republic: Democratic Institutions for the New America.