Michael D. Minta
University of Missouri
Ethnic groupSociologySocial WelfareMesosociologyPolitics
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#1Michael D. Minta (UMN: University of Minnesota)H-Index: 5
This paper examines the role that racial and ethnic diversity plays in improving the legislative success of minority interest groups. Relying on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures to ...
#1Nadia E. Brown (Purdue University)H-Index: 7
#2Michael D. Minta (MU: University of Missouri)H-Index: 5
Last. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman (Purdue University)H-Index: 6
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#1Michael D. Minta (UMKC: University of Missouri–Kansas City)H-Index: 5
#2Nadia E. Brown (Purdue University)H-Index: 7
Despite claims by normative theorists that gender diversity in Congress leads to better representation of women’s interests, the results of empirical studies have been largely mixed. While some scholars have found positive effects of gender diversity, others have found very little impact. We argue that it is not the presence of White and minority women alone that makes political institutions more responsive to women’s issues, but rather it is the organizational presence of minority men along wit...
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#1Michael D. Minta (MU: University of Missouri)H-Index: 5
#2Valeria Sinclair-Chapman (UR: University of Rochester)H-Index: 6
Despite claims that diversity benefits the democratic process, critics question whether increased diversity significantly improves government responsiveness and accountability beyond electoral competition and constituency influence. The authors advance a diversity infrastructure theory to explain why and how minority legislators have kept minority interests on the congressional agenda. Using data on congressional hearings held on civil rights and social welfare from 1951 to 2004, the authors fin...
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#1Michael D. Minta (MU: University of Missouri)H-Index: 5
In the Concept of Representation , Hanna Pitkin (1967) argues that legislators should be judged by their actions—substantive representation—and not just their closeness in characteristics to their constituents—descriptive representation. Pitkin's theoretical framework is the standard that political representation scholars use when evaluating whether the presence of women or racial and ethnic minorities in legislatures results in greater responsiveness to female or minority interests. Do female l...
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#1Michael D. Minta (MU: University of Missouri)H-Index: 5
#1Michael D. Minta (WashU: Washington University in St. Louis)H-Index: 5
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#1Michael D. Minta (WashU: Washington University in St. Louis)H-Index: 5
When determining whether or not legislators are representing their constituents' interests, scholars using voting studies may overstate the role of strategic factors, such as reelection goals and constituent influence, while understating the effect of descriptive characteristics. I argue that race and ethnicity matter in congressional oversight of bureaucratic policymaking. My examination of hearing transcripts from the 107th Congress indicates that minority legislators are more likely than whit...
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