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Twists of FateMultiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the US House of Representatives$
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Vanessa C. Tyson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190250928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250928.001.0001

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Marginalization, Linked Fate, and Coalitional Politics

Marginalization, Linked Fate, and Coalitional Politics

(p.28) 2 Marginalization, Linked Fate, and Coalitional Politics
Twists of Fate

Vanessa C. Tyson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 provides a theoretical understanding of the role and nature of influence in the political and legislative processes, particularly for members from and representing marginal groups (racial minorities in this case). Building upon the work of Cathy Cohen and Michael Dawson, a theory of linked political fate that is unique to multiracial politics in the legislative arena is developed. Moreover, the question of whether the policy interests and preferences of one’s constituency should be conflated when defining the substantive representation of racial minorities is examined. Finally, the structural hurdles to gaining influence in the House of Representatives, such as membership in the majority party and seniority, are explored.

Keywords:   linked political fate, marginalization, collective marginalization, policy influence, coalition-building, implicit bias, subtle racism, political parties, agenda-setting

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