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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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Congress, Minority Interests, and Federal Policymaking

Congress, Minority Interests, and Federal Policymaking

(p.35) 3 Congress, Minority Interests, and Federal Policymaking

Michael D. Minta

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Congress' historical and contemporary role in overseeing the bureaucracy as it relates to enacting and implementing racial/ethnic and social welfare policies. Most of the congressional politics literature examines whether Congress as an institution pays attention to particular issues; rarely do studies examine to what extent individual legislators devote attention to these same issues by intervening in agency policymaking. The chapter offers a historical examination of the collective efforts of Congress and of individual legislators to advocate for the interests of racial and ethnic minorities during the eras of Reconstruction, the New Deal, and the Great Society by way of providing context for the analysis in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   civil rights protection, social welfare, blacks, Latinos, federal government, minority legislators, oversight, social policy, minority interests

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