Legislating Without Constraints: The Effect of Minority Districting on Legislators' Responsiveness to Constituency Preferences

@article{Gay2007LegislatingWC,
  title={Legislating Without Constraints: The Effect of Minority Districting on Legislators' Responsiveness to Constituency Preferences},
  author={Claudine Gay},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2007},
  volume={69},
  pages={442 - 456}
}
  • C. Gay
  • Published 1 May 2007
  • Economics, Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
Numerous critics have charged that the practice of minority districting, by weakening the electoral incentives central to representative behavior, leads legislators to be less responsive to constituency opinion. Using data on referenda and initiative voting to estimate constituency preferences in each of California's 80 Assembly districts, I assess the correspondence between district opinion and roll call voting for legislators from majority-minority and majority-white districts. I show that… 

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