Latino Representation in State Houses and Congress

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Author: Jaime Dominguez
Date: Winter 2011
From: Political Science Quarterly(Vol. 126, Issue 4)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 709 words

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Latino Representation in State Houses and Congress by Jason P. Casellas. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010. 208 pp. $80.00.

The 2010 Census revealed once again the tremendous growth of the nation's largest minority group--Latinos. In just the last decade, the Latino population grew by 43 percent, going from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010. Many mainstream media outlets and political experts have touted these gains as more reason that Latino political power will continue to expand. But, given the various forms in which power unfolds, Jason Casellas makes clear that demography alone cannot explain the processes by which this phenomenon develops. Yes, demographics are important for matters such as redistricting and normative representation (that is, Latino-majority districts). But what else is needed? With the heterogeneity, diversity, and Latino growth in nontraditional regions like the South, in particular, Georgia and North Carolina, Casellas develops a new framework for Latino electoral politics and asks the following pertinent questions: Are Latinos only capable of being elected in traditional Latino-majority districts compared to say, minority-majority or majority-white...

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Dominguez, Jaime. "Latino Representation in State Houses and Congress." Political Science Quarterly, vol. 126, no. 4, 2011, p. 715+. Accessed 31 July 2021.

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