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In majority Democratic school districts, African Americans gain significantly more representation in at-large elections

Rutherford, Amanda and Meier, Kenneth J. (2014) In majority Democratic school districts, African Americans gain significantly more representation in at-large elections. LSE American Politics and Policy (09 Jun 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Research on electoral structure has often touted single member districts to be beneficial for achieving minority representation. In a study of a national sample of school board elections between 2002 and 2008, Kenneth J. Meier and Amanda Rutherford find an unanticipated trend—African Americans are now over-represented on school boards with at-large elections when they are a minority of the population. They argue that partisanship changes the relationship between electoral structure and race so that African American may benefit in counties with a majority Democrat constituency. The traditional pattern of African-American under representation occurs only in school districts with a Republican voting majority.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LE Individual institutions (America except United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 10:47
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58944

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