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Below the RadarHow Silence Can Save Civil Rights$
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Alison L. Gash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201159

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201159.001.0001

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Below-the-Radar Advocacy

Below-the-Radar Advocacy

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Below the Radar

Alison L. Gash

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an overview of the theories that animate the empirical portion of the book. First, the chapter points to the tension between representation and deliberation in our adherence to democratic principles. On the one hand, democratic pursuits call for full deliberation among all affected stakeholders. On the other, democracy calls for the inclusion and full representation of minority groups. With full deliberation, minority access is often stymied. This chapter questions whether there are there instances where public engagement should be sacrificed in order to promote equality and explores how scholars have approached the question of visibility in policy advocacy. The chapter introduces both the promise and pitfalls of expanding visibility and promoting public engagement in order to resolve policy problems. The chapter then turns to the specific nature of low-visibility civil rights advocacy and the mechanisms employed in each of the case studies.

Keywords:   backlash, visibility, deliberation, advocate, legal, rights, subterranean, low-profile

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