Race, Gender, and Legislative Politics in the Mississippi State Legislature: Examining the Legislative Behavior of Minority Legislators

Posted: 4 Nov 2013

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Emmitt Y. Riley

DePauw University

Brittany Gray

Clark Atlanta University

Date Written: October 23, 2013

Abstract

Based on previous research concerning descriptive and substantive representation, this research examines the extent that minority legislators introduce and successfully pass bills that have a distinct policy interest of their constituency (e.g. education, suffrage, women’s interest, children’s interest, black interest, welfare, and healthcare). Using data collected from the Mississippi 2010, 2011, and 2012 Legislative sessions constructing logistic regression analysis the research hypothesizes that African American legislators are more likely to introduce a progressive bill than white legislators. The results of the analysis indicate that both African American males and females are more likely to pursue a progressive policy agenda compared to white male Republicans and white male Democrats. The results indicate that African American legislators bring a distinct policy agenda to the Mississippi legislative chamber; however, African-Americans have a difficult time getting this policy agenda passed.

Suggested Citation

Riley, Emmitt Y. and Gray, Brittany, Race, Gender, and Legislative Politics in the Mississippi State Legislature: Examining the Legislative Behavior of Minority Legislators (October 23, 2013). 2014 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2344370

Emmitt Y. Riley (Contact Author)

DePauw University ( email )

Greencastle, IN 46135
United States
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Brittany Gray

Clark Atlanta University ( email )

223 James P. Brawley
Atlanta, GA 30314
United States

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