Race, Gender, and Legislative Politics in the Mississippi State Legislature: Examining the Legislative Behavior of Minority Legislators
Posted: 4 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 23, 2013
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.
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