Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-first Century (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Political Science - 302 pages
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Devolution and Black State Legislators examines whether black state legislators can produce qualitative gains in the substantive representation of black interests. Once a battle cry by southern conservatives, “new federalism” has shifted power from Washington to the respective state governments and, ironically, has done so as black state legislators grow in number. Tyson King-Meadows and Thomas F. Schaller look at the debates surrounding black political incorporation, the tradeoffs between substantive and descriptive representation, racial redistricting, and the impact of black legislators on state budgetary politics. They situate contemporary constraints on black state elites as the union of macro- and micro-level forces, which allows for a reconsideration of how the idiosyncrasies of political, economic, and geographic culture converge with the internal dynamics of state legislative processes to produce particular environments. Interviews with black legislators provide valuable insights into how such idiosyncrasies may deprive institutional advancement—committee assignments, chairmanships, and party leadership positions—of the influence it once afforded.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The State Link in the Chain
9
2 Race and Representation in State Legislatures
39
3 The Black Electoral Connection
59
4 When Identity and Constituency Collide at Roll Call
91
5 The Institutionalization of Black State Legislative Power
109
6 Black Legislators Black Constituentsand the Devolution Revolution
147
7 Nationalizing Black State Interests
191
8 Devolutionary Dangers
217
Underlying Data for Figures 32aand 32b
229
Trends in AFDCTANF Recipient Characteristics
233
Methods for Reexamining Sticks and Carrots
237
Notes
239
Bibliography
273
Index
297
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Tyson King-Meadows is Assistant Professor and Thomas F. Schaller is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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