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African American Legislators in the American States

African American Legislators in the American States - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231106450

Cover of African American Legislators in the American States 01 (ISBN 978-0231106450)
ISBN13: 978-0231106450
ISBN10: 0231106459
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

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African American Legislators in the American States - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231106450

Kerry L. Haynie

ISBN13: 978-0231106450
ISBN10: 0231106459
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Has black inclusion in the political process changed political institutions and led to more black influence in the governmental process? How do African American legislators balance racial interests with broader issues of government? And how is their effectiveness subjectively perceived and objectively evaluated?

In one of the first book-length studies to analyze the behavior of African American state legislators in multiple legislative sessions across five states, Kerry Haynie has compiled a wealth of valuable data that reveals the dynamics and effectiveness of black participation in the legislative process. Owing to the increasing role of state government in administering what he defines as key "black issues" - education, healthcare, poverty/social welfare, civil rights, and children´s issues -Haynie focuses on bills introduced in these categories in Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

The book reveals how responsive political institutions have been to the nation´s largest minority group. It explores the question of how legislators deal with the "duality dilemma" -which requires them to be both responsible legislators and race representatives -and whether agendas should be "deracialized" in order to appeal to a broader constituency. Along with numerous statistical charts illustrating everything from representation on house standing committees to a ranking of the fifteen legislative sessions by quartiles of African American political incorporation, a useful and revealing portrait emerges -one that will fuel debate and inform future discussions of the role of African Americans in the political process.

Author Bio

Haynie, Kerry L. : Rutgers University

Kerry L. Haynie is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Race Representatives or 'Responsible Legislators'?
Agenda Setting and the Representation of Black Interests
Race, Representation, and Committee Assignments
African American Political Incorporation: A View from the States
Race and Peer Evaluations of African American Legislators: A Case Study
Conclusion

Appendix to Chapter 2
Appendix to Chapter 3
Bibliography

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