Tyranny of the Minority

Tyranny of the Minority

The Subconstituency Politics Theory of Representation

eBook - 2009
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Why do politicians frequently heed the preferences of small groups of citizens over those of the majority? Breaking new theoretical ground, Benjamin Bishin explains how the desires of small groups, which he calls "subconstituencies," often trump the preferences of much larger groups.

Demonstrating the wide applicability of his "unified theory of representation," Bishin traces politicians' behavior in connection with a wide range of issues, including the Cuban trade embargo, the extension of hate-crimes legislation to protect gay men and lesbians, the renewal of the assault-weapons ban, and abortion politics. In the process, he offers a unique explanation of when, why, and how special interests dominate American national politics.

Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781592136605
9781592136599
1592136583
9781592136582
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 204 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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