Minority Policies and Political Participation Among Latinos: Exploring Latinos’ Response to Substantive Representation*
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Special Issue: Race and Ethnicity in the United States
Volume 94, Issue 5, pages 1245–1260, December 2013
How to Cite
Jeong, H. O. (2013), Minority Policies and Political Participation Among Latinos: Exploring Latinos’ Response to Substantive Representation*. Social Science Quarterly, 94: 1245–1260. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00883.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2012
This study examines the impact of substantive representation—measured by pro-minority policies enacted in the United States—on political participation among Latinos.
To deal with the reverse causality that might flow from political participation to substantive representation, this study employs instrument variable regression analysis.
The results of the analysis show that Latinos in states with many pro-minority policies are more likely to take part in politics.
The previous studies on empowerment have mainly focused on descriptive representation as the source of empowerment, ignoring another dimension of minority representation—substantive representation. This study attempts to add to this literature by considering the effect of substantive representation on empowerment. The results indicate that Latinos respond to substantive representation in a positive way.