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A major barrier to black political representation is the supply of black candidates to run for office

Shah, Paru (2014) A major barrier to black political representation is the supply of black candidates to run for office. LSE American Politics and Policy (10 Jun 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Great strides have been made in black representation in U.S. politics since the 1960s, but there is still a way to go before equality in this area is reached. In new research, Paru Shah takes a look at the reasons behind black underrepresentation in elected offices. While many studies have tended to look at blacks’ chances of electoral success, she also focuses on factors which influence whether or not black candidates run in the first place. She argues that whether or not blacks run in elections can depend on prior black candidacy for the office, whether or not the seat is open, and whether or not the office is municipal, and finds that when blacks do run, they have a greater than 50 percent chance of winning.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 15:49
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58917

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