Minority report : evaluating political equality in America
- John D. Griffin and Brian Newman.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
- Physical description
- xii, 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- American politics and political economy.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-220) and index.
- Thinking about political inequality
- Minority groups and political equality in America
- Which groups govern?
- Differences in representation
- Differences in political preferences and priorities
- Disparities in policy representation
- Differences in legislative representation
- Reducing political inequality
- Pluralism and political representation
- Descriptive representation and political equality
- The rewards of voting
- Conclusion: The future of political (in)equality.
Are the views of Latinos and African Americans under represented 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 D. 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Political participation > United States.
- Minorities > United States > Political activity.
- Representative government and representation > United States.
- Proportional representation > United States.
- Cultural pluralism > United States.
- United States > Politics and government.
- United States > Race relations.
- United States > Social conditions.
- Publication date
- American politics and political economy
- 9780226308678 (cloth)
- 0226308677 (cloth)
- 9780226308685 (paper)
- 0226308685 (paper)
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