The Politics of Democratic Inclusion

October 18-19, 2002

The conference on the Politics of Democratic Inclusion examined the processes and mechanisms by which traditionally underrepresented groups have and have not achieved political incorporation, representation, and influence—or what we refer to broadly as “democratic inclusion”—in American politics.

The papers from the conference have been published as The Politics of Democratic Inclusion, edited by Christina Wolbrecht and Rodney E. Hero, with Peri A. Arnold and Alvin B. Tillery (Temple University Press, 2005).

Part I. Diversity Within and Across Groups

Introduction – Alvin B. Tillery

2. From Nominal to Ordinal: Reconceiving Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy in the United States – Jennifer L. Hochschild
3. Reviving Group Consciousness – Dennis Chong and Reuel Rogers
4. Bringing Outsiders In: Questions of Immigrant Incorporation – Michael Jones-Correa

Part II. Mediating Institutions

Introduction – Christina Wolbrecht

5. Social Movements as Mechanisms for Political Inclusion – Anne N. Costain
6. Race, Parties, and Democratic Inclusion – Paul Frymer
7. Race, Ethnicity, and Electoral Mobilization: Where’s the Party? – Jan E. Leighley
8. Political Parties, Minorities, and Elected Office: Comparing Opportunities for Inclusion in the United States and Britain – Miki Caul Kittilson and Katherine Tate
9. Political Institutions and Incorporation of Immigrants – Kristi Andersen and Elizabeth F. Cohen

Part III. Governing Institutions

Introduction – Peri E. Arnold and Rodney E. Hero

10. Splintering Citizenship and the Prospects for Democratic Inclusion – Susan E. Clarke
11. School Boards and the Politics of Education Policy: Downstream Consequences of Structure – Kenneth J. Meier
12. A Tangled Legacy: Federal Courts and Struggles for Democratic Inclusion – George Lovell and Michael McCann
13. The Representation of Racial Interests in the U.S. Congress – David T. Canon
14. The American Presidency and the Politics of Democratic Inclusion – Patricia Conley

The conference is supported by the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, the Department of Political Science, the Henkels Lecture Series, African and African-American Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, the Institute for Latino Studies, and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy.