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Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date October 1, 1999
Pages 324
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226092713
ISBN-10 0226092712
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $28.00
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Since the creation of minority-dominated congressional districts eight years ago, the Supreme Court has condemned the move as akin to "political apartheid," while many African-American leaders argue that such districts are required for authentic representation.

In the most comprehensive treatment of the subject to date, David Canon shows that the unintended consequences of black majority districts actually contradict the common wisdom that whites will not be adequately represented in these areas. Not only do black candidates need white votes to win, but this crucial "swing" vote often decides the race. And, once elected, even the black members who appeal primarily to black voters usually do a better job than white members of walking the racial tightrope, balancing the needs of their diverse constituents.

Ultimately, Canon contends, minority districting is good for the country as a whole. These districts not only give African Americans a greater voice in the political process, they promote a politics of commonality—a biracial politics—rather than a politics of difference.


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9780226092706 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Since the creation of minority-dominated congressional districts eight years ago, the Supreme Court has condemned the move as akin to "political apartheid," while many African-American leaders argue that such districts are required for authentic representation.
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (October 1, 1999)
9780226092713 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $28.00
About: Since the creation of minority-dominated congressional districts eight years ago, the Supreme Court has condemned the move as akin to "political apartheid," while many African-American leaders argue that such districts are required for authentic representation.

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