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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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(p.150) 6 Conclusion
Twists of Fate

Vanessa C. Tyson

Oxford University Press

This final, brief chapter concludes the book by offering ponderings on the topics of racial polarization, group threat, and the difficult balancing act that accompanies redistricting and descriptive representation for racial minority communities. As is noted, successful advocacy for marginal groups necessarily requires political elites to coalesce and champion the needs and interests of those who have systematically been excluded from their own ranks. In a political arena where behavior is often motivated by expedience and self-interest rather than principle, this is an exceedingly daunting task. In addition, the long-term sustainability of the so-called Southern strategy, which has often been utilized by the Republican Party since the 1960s, is called into question.

Keywords:   linked political fate, Congressional Tri-Caucus, redistricting, group threat, racial polarization, “Southern strategy”

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