Minority Report: Evaluating Political Equality in America

Paperback | June 1, 2008

byJohn D. Griffin

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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.

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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...

John D. Griffin is assistant professor of political science at University of Notre Dame. Brian Newman is assistant professor of political science at Pepperdine University. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:June 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226308685

ISBN - 13:9780226308685

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
 
Part 1
Thinking About Political Inequality
1 Minority Groups and Political Equality in America
2 Which Groups Govern?
 
Part 2
Differences in Representation
3 Differences in Political Preferences and Priorities
4 Disparities in Policy Representation
5 Differences in Legislative Representation
 
Part 3
Reducing Political Inequality Among Minority Groups
6 Pluralism and Political Representation
7 Descriptive Representation and Political Equality
8 The Rewards of Voting
9 Conclusion: The Future of Political (In)equality
 
Notes
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Minority Report establishes a new standard that will immediately be recognized as the central study of political equiality across racial and ethnic lines. The book brings together an impressive array of theories, research questions, and data to provide the most comprehensive analysis of these issues to date."