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Since the creation of minority-dominated congressional districts eight years ago, the Supreme Court has condemned the move as akin to "political apartheid," while many African-American leaders argue that such districts are required for authentic representation.

In the most comprehensive treatment of the subject to date, David Canon shows that the unintended consequences of black majority districts actually contradict the common wisdom that whites will not be adequately represented in these areas. Not only do black candidates need white votes to win, but this crucial "swing" vote often decides the race. And, once elected, even the black members who appeal primarily to black voters usually do a better job than white members of walking the racial tightrope, balancing the needs of their diverse constituents.

Ultimately, Canon contends, minority districting is good for the country as a whole. These districts not only give African Americans a greater voice in the political process, they promote a politics of commonality—a biracial politics—rather than a politics of difference.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-311) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface

Introduction: Race, Redistricting, and Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives

Chapter One: Black Interests, Difference, Commonality, and Representation

Chapter Two: A Legal Primer on Race and Redistricting

Chapter Three: The Supply-Side Theory of Racial Redistricting, with Matthew M. Schousen and Patrick J. Sellers

Chapter Four: Race and Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives

Chapter Five: Links to the Constituency

Chapter Six: Black Majority Districts: Failed Experiment or Catalyst for a Politics of Commonality?

Appendix A. Data Sources

Appendix B. Procedures for Coding the Newspaper Stories

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226092713
Author:
Canon, David T.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Congress
Subject:
Election districts
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Representative government and representation
Subject:
Afro-American legislators
Subject:
Gerrymandering.
Subject:
Apportionment.
Subject:
African American legislators
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 line drawings, 35 tables
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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