*Direct correspondence to Chris Owens, Department of Political Science, Central Michigan University, 247 Anspach Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉. I will be glad to share all data and coding information with those wishing to replicate this study. I thank Jan Leighley, Ken Meier, Dan Wood, Guy Whitten, David Kimball, Sean Nicholson-Crotty, James Garand, Giggy Owens, and the anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions.
Black Substantive Representation in State Legislatures from 1971–1994*
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2005
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 86, Issue 4, pages 779–791, December 2005
How to Cite
Owens, C. T. (2005), Black Substantive Representation in State Legislatures from 1971–1994. Social Science Quarterly, 86: 779–791. doi: 10.1111/j.0038-4941.2005.00355.x
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2005
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2005
Objective. To determine if increased black descriptive representation in state legislatures has resulted in greater influence over policy outputs.
Methods. I examine state budgets over a 24-year period, comparing changes in spending priorities within budgets.
Results. The results demonstrate that increased black representation has resulted in state legislatures giving greater priority to policy areas important to black elected officials.
Conclusion. When measured correctly, increased descriptive representation can result in increased substantive representation in large political institutions.