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Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting
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Why do cities with similar minority populations vary greatly in the adoption of minority-opportunity districts and, by extension, differ in the number of elected Hispanic and black representatives? Through in-depth research of the districting processes of more than 100 cities, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of City Redistricting provides the first nationwide study of minority-opportunity districts at the local level. Joshua G. Behr explores the motives of the players involved, including incumbent legislators, Department of Justice officials, and organized interests, while investigating the roles that segregation, federal oversight, litigation, partisan elections, and resource disparity, among others, play in the election of Hispanics and blacks. Behr’s book documents—for both theorists and practitioners—the necessary conditions for enhancing minority-opportunity districts at the local level.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Tables and Figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. The City: Stepchild of Redistricting Controversies
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 2. Making the Connection: The Links among System Aptitude, Minority-Opportunity Districts, and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. 3. Players in the Politics of “Selling” Minority-Opportunity Districts: Self-Serving Incumbents, the Feds, and Organized Interests
  2. pp. 15-38
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  1. 4. The Design: Review of Hypothesized Relationships, Data Sources, and Measurement of Variables
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. 5. The Adoption of Hispanic and Black Minority-Opportunity Districts: Model Testing and Findings
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. 6. The Election of Hispanic and Black Descriptive Representatives: Model Testing and Findings
  2. pp. 77-96
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  1. 7. Conclusion: The Meaning of Meaningful Electoral Opportunity
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. Appendix A: Survey Design and Sample Questionnaires
  2. pp. 113-117
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  1. Appendix B: Cities Surveyed
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. Appendix C: Cases Cited
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. Appendix D: Operational Definition of Region
  2. p. 123
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 125-133
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. AUTHOR INDEX
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. SUBJECT INDEX
  2. pp. 155-158
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