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The Resource The diversity paradox : political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America, Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause

The diversity paradox : political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America, Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause

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The diversity paradox : political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America
Title
The diversity paradox
Title remainder
political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America
Statement of responsibility
Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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Kanthak, Kristin
Dewey number
320.082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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1965-
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Krause, George A.
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  • Women legislators
  • Women legislators
  • Women
  • Political parties
  • Representative government and representation
Summary expansion
Majority-minority group relations are central to the proper functioning of any organization, but these relationships are especially important in democratically-elected legislatures. In legislatures, for example, group dynamics affect how the legislature operates, who is valued enough to play acritical decision-making role, and what voices matter in determining policy outcomes. In The Diversity Paradox, George Krause and Kristin Kanthak explore the nature of these relationships, particularly their effect on both the valuation of minority group legislators and the ideological stability of the legislature in general. Interestingly, they demonstrate that an increase in aminority group's size within a legislature actually leads to the devaluation of individual minority group members. They call this the 'diversity paradox': In fact, representative institutions such as legislatures face a 'diversity paradox': when the size of a minority group increases beyond mere'tokenism' in representative institutions such as legislatures, it tends to create an unintended backlash toward the minority group's members that emanates from both majority and fellow minority group members. Representative institutions, therefore, can only fulfill the promise of adequaterepresentation of minority group interests only by conquering this paradox. They can accomplish this through jointly attaining sufficient 'numbers' and overcoming the coordination problems those numbers create. This is no small task and no small issue: the inclusion of minority group voices in representative institutions is critical in a wide range of political decisions, ranging from legislative gender quotas in the new Iraqi constitution to attempts in the U.S. to increase minority representation through redistricting. The question of whether or not an increase in descriptive representation (numbers) has an impact on substantive representation (policy) is centralto such efforts, and therefore The Diversity Paradox has important ramifications for all students interested in democratic representation
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The diversity paradox : political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America, Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Preface -- Diversity dilemmas in democratic representation -- Internal valuation within political organizations: political parties and gender-based group dynamics in the U.S. House of Representatives -- A unified theory of colleague valuation in political organizations -- Testing the unified theory of colleague valuation in the U.S. House of Representatives -- Coordination dilemmas and the critical mass problem: differentiating colleague valuation between incumbents and challengers in the U.S. Senate -- Can organizational mechanisms solve minority group coordination problems? logic, lessons, and evidence from legislative caucuses in the American states -- The organizational foundations of democratic representation
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ocn794003374
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 205 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199891733
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unknown
Other physical details
illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794003374
Label
The diversity paradox : political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America, Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Preface -- Diversity dilemmas in democratic representation -- Internal valuation within political organizations: political parties and gender-based group dynamics in the U.S. House of Representatives -- A unified theory of colleague valuation in political organizations -- Testing the unified theory of colleague valuation in the U.S. House of Representatives -- Coordination dilemmas and the critical mass problem: differentiating colleague valuation between incumbents and challengers in the U.S. Senate -- Can organizational mechanisms solve minority group coordination problems? logic, lessons, and evidence from legislative caucuses in the American states -- The organizational foundations of democratic representation
Control code
ocn794003374
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 205 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199891733
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794003374

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