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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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Policy Influence in Influence Districts

Policy Influence in Influence Districts

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(p.107) 4 Policy Influence in Influence Districts
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Twists of Fate
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Vanessa C. Tyson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250928.003.0004

This chapter explores minority influence through an analysis of quantitative data. I utilize tobit regression analysis to examine voting behavior on civil rights legislation that reached the floor of the House of Representatives during the 108th and 109th Congresses. The issue of legislative support (and degree of support) for two different types of civil rights policies—traditional civil rights policy and social welfare initiatives—is addressed. From there, the behavior of members of the House is compared and contrasted along the lines of district type, controlling for various other factors, including the racial background of both the representative and his or her constituents, the gender of the representative, and geographic region that he or she represents.

Keywords:   policy influence, minority representation, 108th Congress, 109th Congress, civil rights, social welfare, legislative behavior, Georgia v. Ashcroft

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