How Do We Get Along? Linked Fate, Political Allies, and Issue Coalitions

33 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 7 Sep 2009

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Dianne Marie Pinderhughes

University of Notre Dame

Pei-te Lien

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Carol Hardy-Fanta

University of Massachusetts Boston

Christine M. Sierra

University of New Mexico

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

How cohesive are the nation’s female and male minority elected officials in their group identities, political networks, and public policy outlooks? This paper empirically evaluates the coalition-building potentials of these elected officials in their sense of minority group linked fate, sources of policy support, and policy stands on key issues of pressing importance to women and minorities: immigrant rights, contested new rights, welfare and work, minority rights, among others. We assess the statistical significance of the intersecting identities of race and gender in their ability to structure the elected officials’ potentials to form political coalitions based on common identity, political allies, and issue concerns. We explore possible confounding factors in this process such as experiences of socialization, social networks, perceived structural barriers, and personal political orientations and other resources.

Keywords: Race, Ethnitiy, Gender, Elected Officials, Coalition, Identity

Suggested Citation

Pinderhughes, Dianne Marie and Lien, Pei-te and Hardy-Fanta, Carol and Sierra, Christine M., How Do We Get Along? Linked Fate, Political Allies, and Issue Coalitions (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1452420

Dianne Marie Pinderhughes (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

Pei-te Lien

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Carol Hardy-Fanta

University of Massachusetts Boston ( email )

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
United States

Christine M. Sierra

University of New Mexico ( email )

107 Humanitites Building
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221
United States

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