Descriptive Representation as a Mechanism to Mitigate Policy Backlash

  title={Descriptive Representation as a Mechanism to Mitigate Policy Backlash},
  author={Robert R. Preuhs},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={277 - 292}
  • Robert R. Preuhs
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Political Science
  • Political Research Quarterly
While the election of racial/ethnic minority lawmakers has diversified American legislative institutions, scholars continue to find evidence of racial backlash in public policy decisions. This seems to undermine the Madisonian conception of the ability of minority interests to offset majoritarian resentment through representation and raises the question, Can minority group representatives influence policy decisions in majoritarian institutions? Using evidence from the American states, this… 

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