Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives by Vanessa C. TysonTwists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives by Vanessa C. Tyson

Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House of…

byVanessa C. Tyson

Hardcover | August 31, 2016

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Members of Congress from racial minority groups often find themselves in a unique predicament. For one thing, they tend to represent constituencies that are more economically disadvantaged than those of their white colleagues. Moreover, they themselves experience marginalization during theprocess of policy formulation on Capitol Hill. In Twists of Fate, Vanessa C. Tyson illuminates the experiences of racial minority members of the House of Representatives as they endeavor to provide much-needed resources for their districts. In doing so, she devises a framework for understanding the federal legislative behavior of House membersrepresenting marginalized communities. She points to the unique ways in which they conceive of political influence as well as the strategies they have adopted for success. Black, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific American Caucuses, among other minority groups, have built cross-racial coalitions thatreflect their linked political fate. This strategy differs considerably from competitive approaches often espoused at the local level and from the more atomized interactions of representatives at the federal level of the policy process. Tyson draws on two years of personal experience observing and interacting with members of the House of Representatives in session, in their home districts, at functions sponsored by racial minority caucuses, and at White House events to illustrate her argument. Despite variation of experience andideology within and amongst racial minority groups, she shows that representatives of minority coalitions have repeatedly and successfully worked together as they advocate for equality and social justice. She also points to a willingness among these coalitions to champion a non-discrimination agendathat extends beyond "traditional" issues of race and ethnicity to issues of class, gender and orientation. Twists of Fate provides a compelling model for understanding how diverse groups can work together to forge hopeful political futures.
Vanessa C. Tyson is Assistant Professor of Politics at Scripps College.
Title:Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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