Understanding the new race politics: Conclusions and challenges

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© Cambridge University Press 2008. With significant waves of new immigration to the United States, overwhelmingly from Asia and Latin America, the electoral significance of minority voters is becoming increasingly apparent. As the studies in this volume make clear, how increases in the racial and ethnic diversity of the voting public will influence political representation, policy outcomes, and democratic politics, more generally, remains to be seen. For example, despite the growing size of minority groups in the United States, political representation by minority officials lags far behind their numbers in the population. The 109th Congress, elected in 2004, is a specific case in point. This Congress is the most racially diverse Congress in the history of the United States. That year, voters sent a record number of minority Americans to both the United States House and Senate. The 109th House of Representatives included forty-two African Americans, twenty-four Latinos, five Asian Americans, and one American Indian, whereas the 109th Senate had one African American, two Asian Americans, and two Latinos. Nevertheless, the Senate and the House were 95 percent and 83 percent white, respectively. At the same time, nearly one-third of the U.S. population considered itself to be a race other than white. One of the most intriguing questions for the new race politics of the United States in the twenty-first century is whether those proportions will change as a function of changing patterns in minority and immigrant voting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haynie, KL

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Book Title

  • New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics

Start / End Page

  • 166 - 174

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780511790577

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511790577.009

Citation Source

  • Scopus