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Minority report : evaluating political equality in America / John D. Griffin and Brian Newman.

By: Griffin, John David, 1968-.
Contributor(s): Newman, Brian, 1975-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American politics and political economy: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008Description: xii, 224 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780226308678 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226308677 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226308685 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0226308685 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Political participation -- United States | Minorities -- Political activity -- United States | 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 conditionsDDC classification: 323/.042080973
Contents:
Minority groups and political equality in America -- Which groups govern? -- Differences in political preferences and priorities -- Disparities in policy representation -- Differences in legislative representation -- Pluralism and political representation -- Descriptive representation and political equality -- The rewards of voting -- Conclusion: The future of political (in)equality.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-220) and index.

Minority groups and political equality in America -- Which groups govern? -- Differences in political preferences and priorities -- Disparities in policy representation -- Differences in legislative representation -- Pluralism and political representation -- Descriptive representation and political equality -- The rewards of voting -- Conclusion: The future of political (in)equality.

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Griffin (Univ. of Notre Dame) and Newman (Pepperdine Univ.), like countless scholars, politicians, and pollsters, ask, "Which groups govern?" The authors, however, ask the question in a new way, focusing on which groups get what they want from government. The goal of Minority Report is to examine the extent that congressional representation and policies reflect white, African American, and Latina/o preferences, paying specific attention to representation of the three groups relative to each other. A well-written second chapter explores the meaning of political equality, and each chapter builds upon the previous making for a clear, systematic approach to the question. It is not a surprise that this book confirms significant inequality of representation. The focus on differences in political preferences and priorities of each group, however, illustrates that there is much more to grasping inequality, and points to strategies for achieving greater equality. These strategies include greater political representation of minority issues, representation by minorities, and voter participation. Given the complexities and divisiveness of studying race in the US, this book is an excellent supplementary text for any political science and ethnic studies course dealing with race, power, and political efficacy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. T. M. Montoya Northern Arizona University

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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.<br>

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