America's Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout, and by Zoltan L. Hajnal

By Zoltan L. Hajnal

Even though there's a common trust that asymmetric voter turnout results in biased results in American democracy, latest empirical exams have discovered few results. by way of supplying a scientific account of the way and the place turnout concerns in neighborhood politics, this ebook demanding situations a lot of what we all know approximately turnout in the US at the present time. It demonstrates that low and asymmetric turnout, an element at play in so much American towns, results in sub-optimal results for racial and ethnic minorities. Low turnout ends up in losses in mayoral elections, much less equitable racial and ethnic illustration on urban councils, and skewed spending regulations. the significance of turnout confirms lengthy held suspicions in regards to the under-representation of minorities and increases normative issues approximately neighborhood democracy. thankfully, this booklet bargains an answer. research of neighborhood participation shows small switch to neighborhood election timing - a reform that's not pricey and comparatively effortless to enact- may perhaps dramatically extend neighborhood voter turnout.

Show description

Read Online or Download America's Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout, and Representation in City Politics PDF

Similar elections books

Participation Beyond the Ballot Box

Participation past the poll field is a great addition to the literature on democracy and the position of civil society. It demonstrates that new mechanisms being brought in Western Europe can and do provide the aptitude to noticeably increase the democratic procedure.

In Pursuit of the White House 2000: How We Choose Our Presidential Nominees

During this consultant to the main features of the united states presidential nominating process, a crew of specialists appears on the history and evolution of the method and the hot ideas for 2000. It provides non-technical dialogue of such issues as: the recent Hampshire fundamental; the function of ladies within the nomination method; televised candidate debates; the position of specialists; the problem of protecting interparty team spirit; and the position of the vice-presidency.

The Popular Front in Europe

Out of the social and monetary turmoil of Europe within the Thirties, the preferred entrance emerged because the spearhead of the left's bid to forestall fascism in its tracks. Fifty years on from the beginning of the preferred entrance this edited assortment assesses the impression of the assumption of bourgeois-proletarian alliance at the eu left as an entire.

Extra resources for America's Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout, and Representation in City Politics

Sample text

The only other published article on bias in local voter turnout was written over thirty years ago and it looked at only one city (Alford and Lee 1968). Where Turnout Should Matter 27 focus on voter turnout, they did link other forms of political participation – especially protest activity – to increased levels of black political representation. Erie’s (1988) work on the Irish machines of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries suggested that the active exclusion of blacks and new immigrant groups from the political arena allowed the Irish to channel resources to their own community.

For one, forty-six elections across twenty cities is a small number of cases. 15 The data set is also incomplete. Data on racial voting patterns were not available for about half of the elections in these cities over this time 13 14 15 We might also be interested in preferences on local policy questions. Surveys on local policy preference are more readily available and they do reveal fairly clear racial divisions in terms of public opinion. As we will detail in Chapter 5, these surveys generally suggest that there are reasonably strong differences of opinion between racial and ethnic minorities on one hand and whites on the other (Clark and Ferguson 1983, Deleon 1991, Lovrich 1974, Welch et al.

Even Latinos and Asian Americans, who are much more likely to live in diverse neighborhoods tend to be located in cities and municipalities that have dense minority populations (Massey 2001). If we have reservations about the effects of a skew in the electorate we need to look at these subnational political units. Evidence at the Local Level There may be strong reasons to suspect that voter turnout plays a more critical role in local politics, but empirical evidence addressing this topic is sparse.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.08 of 5 – based on 40 votes