Oversight: Representing the Interests of Blacks and Latinos in Congress (Paperback)Michael D. Minta (author)
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 10 mm
"Wow, what a smart book! Minta expands our understanding of effective minority representation in an area of the policy process overlooked by scholars and pundits alike-implementation-where vigilance is rewarded and disinterest catastrophic. This is an important work."-Gary Segura, Stanford University
"Minta takes a major step in demonstrating that conclusions about the importance of descriptive representation, when based largely on roll-call data and other easily available indicators of policy representation, are often misleading. He makes a persuasive case for the critical role of black and Latino legislators in ensuring that government agencies are active in protecting civil rights and social welfare benefits for their own constituents and for minorities more broadly."-Bruce Oppenheimer, Vanderbilt University
"This is an important contribution to the literatures on race, congressional behavior, and legislative oversight. Understanding the politics of race and representation is essential to understanding American democracy, and Minta is well versed in the empirical research on the subject. Oversight addresses a fundamental topic in American politics, does so in a new manner, and provides new findings that will be of interest to many scholars."-Frank R. Baumgartner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"With its attention to congressional oversight of executive agencies, Oversight adds new and rich detail to existing literature on minority representation. This volume marks the first-ever book-length treatment of a relatively obscure and understudied-but substantively important-area of legislative activity. Minta brings fresh perspective to long-existing views and debates. This book is one that no serious scholar of minority representation can ignore."-Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, University of Rochester
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