The Politics of Democratic Inclusion

University of Notre Dame, 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).

Conference Schedule

Part I: Diversity Within and Across Groups

Alvin B. Tillery

Jennifer L. Hochschild
From Nominal to Ordinal: Reconceiving Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy in the United States

Dennis Chong and Reuel Rogers
Reviving Group Consciousness

Michael Jones-Correa
Bringing Outsiders In: Questions of Immigrant Incorporation

Part II: Mediating Institutions

Christina Wolbrecht

Anne N. Costain
Social Movements as Mechanisms for Political Inclusion

Paul Frymer
Race, Parties, and Democratic Inclusion

Jan E. Leighley
Race, Ethnicity, and Electoral Mobilization: Where’s the Party?

Miki Caul Kittilson and Katherine Tate
Political Parties, Minorities, and Elected Office: Comparing Opportunities for Inclusion in the United States and Britain

Kristi Andersen and Elizabeth F. Cohen
Political Institutions and Incorporation of Immigrants 

Part III: Governing Institutions

Peri E. Arnold and Rodney E. Hero

Susan E. Clarke
Splintering Citizenship and the Prospects for Democratic Inclusion

Kenneth J. Meier
School Boards and the Politics of Education Policy: Downstream Consequences of Structure

George Lovell and Michael McCann
A Tangled Legacy: Federal Courts and Struggles for Democratic Inclusion

David T. Canon
The Representation of Racial Interests in the U.S. Congress

Patricia Conley
The American Presidency and the Politics of Democratic Inclusion 

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.