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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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Michael D. Minta

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the overall findings of the present study and its implications for minority representation in the US Congress, and suggests paths for further research. Topics covered include the implications for racial, ethnic, and class-based politics; implications for coalition politics, implications for political representation, legislative responsiveness and democratic accountability, legislators' motivations and strategic group uplift, congressional and bureaucratic relations, limitations of strategic group uplift, and public policy implications. This book does not argue that white legislators cannot represent the interests of black and Latino constituents; rather, it highlights the important role that racial and ethnic minorities play in improving the policymaking process through strategic group uplift and by bringing distinctive perspectives to policymaking and congressional oversight.

Keywords:   minority legislators, minority representatives, strategic group uplift, political representation, legislative responsiveness, white legislators, oversight, policymaking

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