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By Kerry L. Haynie

ISBN-10: 0231106440

ISBN-13: 9780231106443

ISBN-10: 0231106459

ISBN-13: 9780231106450

Has black inclusion within the political method replaced political associations and resulted in extra black effect within the governmental approach? How do African American legislators stability racial pursuits with broader problems with govt? and the way is their effectiveness subjectively perceived and objectively evaluated?In one of many first book-length reports to research the habit of African American kingdom legislators in a number of legislative classes throughout 5 states, Kerry Haynie has compiled a wealth of precious facts that finds the dynamics and effectiveness of black participation within the legislative strategy. due to the expanding position of country govt in administering what he defines as key "black concerns" -- schooling, healthcare, poverty/social welfare, civil rights, and kid's matters -- Haynie makes a speciality of money owed brought in those different types in Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina.The publication finds how responsive political associations were to the nation's biggest minority crew. It explores the query of ways legislators care for the "duality limitation" -- which calls for them to be either in charge legislators and race representatives -- and no matter if agendas may be "deracialized" which will entice a broader constituency. besides a variety of statistical charts illustrating every little thing from illustration on condominium status committees to a score of the fifteen legislative periods through quartiles of African American political incorporation, an invaluable and revealing portrait emerges -- one who will gas debate and tell destiny discussions of the function of African americans within the political strategy.

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Moreover, these analyses indicate that for the substantive repre-  agenda-setting and black interests sentation of African American interests, a legislator’s race matters above and beyond the effects of constituency characteristics and political party membership. In other words, black faces in legislatures do matter for black interest representation. Thus while super-majority black legislative districts in and of themselves may not be necessary to achieve substantive representation of black interests, they are important precisely because African American representatives are significantly more likely to be elected from such districts.

However, in all but one of the legislative sessions (New Jersey ), the proportion of bills that African American legislators dedicated to black interest issues was greater than that of nonblack representatives. The differences are statistically significant in thirteen of the fifteen legislative sessions.  clearly show that African American state legislators are the primary advocates for black interests. In each of the sampled states and years, a majority (– percent) of African American representatives introduced at least one piece of black interest legislation.

Johnson () and Bush v. S. ” In Bush the Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision in Miller by finding three majority-minority districts in Texas to be unconstitu- agenda-setting and black interests  tional because race was the predominant factor used in drawing the district boundaries. Supreme Court decisions such as these are likely to lead to a decrease or, at the very least, stagnation in the number of African Americans elected to legislatures. If this is indeed the outcome, given my findings above, a likely consequence will be less substantive representation of black interests in important political institutions like state legislatures.

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