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Oversight : Representing the Interests of Blacks and Latinos in Congress

Author / Creator
Minta, Michael D., author
Available as
Online
Summary

Oversight answers the question of whether black and Latino legislators better represent minority interests in Congress than white legislators, and it is the first book on the subject to focus on co...

Oversight answers the question of whether black and Latino legislators better represent minority interests in Congress than white legislators, and it is the first book on the subject to focus on congressional oversight rather than roll-call voting. In this important book, Michael Minta demonstrates that minority lawmakers provide qualitatively better representation of black and Latino interests than their white counterparts. They are more likely to intervene in decision making by federal agencies by testifying in support of minority interests at congressional oversight hearings. Minority legislators write more letters urging agency officials to enforce civil rights policies, and spend significant time and effort advocating for solutions to problems that affect all racial and ethnic groups, such as poverty, inadequate health care, fair housing, and community development. In Oversight, Minta argues that minority members of Congress act on behalf of broad minority interests--inside and outside their districts--because of a shared bond of experience and a sense of linked fate. He shows how the presence of black and Latino legislators in the committee room increases the chances that minority perspectives and concerns will be addressed in committee deliberations, and also how minority lawmakers are effective at countering negative stereotypes about minorities in policy debates on issues like affirmative action and affordable housing.

Creator
Michael D. Minta
Format
Books
Publication
  • Course book
  • Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2011]
  • ©2011
Physical Details
  • 1 online resource (176 pages) : illustrations
  • text file PDF
ISBNs
9781400840342, 1400840341, 9780691149257, 0691149267, 1283152576, 9781283152570, 9780691149264, 0691149259
OCLC
ocn979577542, ocn742516962

  • In English.

  • Frontmatter -- Contents -- Figures and Tables -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Race, Ethnicity, and a Theory of Substantive Representation in Congressional Oversight -- 3. Congress, Minority Interests, and Federal Policymaking -- 4. Black and Brown Voices in Committee Deliberations on Civil Rights -- 5. Congressional Oversight and Social Welfare Policy -- 6. Conclusion -- Appendix A: Data and Methodology -- Appendix B: Coding Protocol for Congressional Hearings -- Appendix C: Racial/Ethnic Congressional Hearings Coded -- Appendix D: General Social Welfare Congressional Hearings Coded -- Appendix E: Likelihood of Intervention for Stronger Enforcement of Civil Rights Policies in the 103rd Congress (1993-1995), First Stage -- Appendix G: Likelihood of Intervention for Stronger Enforcement of Civil Rights Policies in the 107th Congress (2001-2003), First Stage -- Appendix H: Likelihood of Intervention for General Social Welfare Policies in the 103rd Congress (1993-1995), First Stage -- Appendix I: Likelihood of Intervention for General Social Welfare Policies in the 104th Congress (1995-1997), First Stage -- References -- Index
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