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OversightRepresenting the Interests of Blacks and Latinos in Congress$
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Michael D. Minta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149257

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149257.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Oversight
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Michael D. Minta

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149257.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, namely to demonstrate via an analysis of congressional oversight activities that black and Latino legislators provide superior substantive representation of minority interests compared to white legislators. The book shows that black and Latino legislators are more likely to advocate on issues such as racial profiling and affirmative action. They are also more likely to intervene in agency decision making by attending, testifying, and engaging in deliberations at congressional oversight hearings in support of minority interests. Moreover, minority legislators write more letters urging agency officials to pursue the enforcement of civil rights policies, and they spend significant time and effort promoting and advocating for class-based solutions that benefit all racial and ethnic groups, such as efforts to end poverty and increase Medicaid and community development funding. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   minority legislators, minority representatives, black legislators, Latino legislators, minority interests, congressional oversight

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