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Political participation of ethnic minorities in the 1980s

Uhlaner, Carole J. and Cain, Bruce E. and Kiewiet, D. Roderick (1989) Political participation of ethnic minorities in the 1980s. Political Behavior, 11 (3). pp. 195-231. ISSN 0190-9320. doi:10.1007/BF00992297.

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Currently political participation, especially voter registration and turnout, varies substantially with ethnicity. Blacks and non-Hispanic whites participate at roughly equal rates, while Latinos and Asian-Americans are substantially less active. This variation may be the direct product of cultural factors, or it may reflect differences in the distribution of various determinants of participation, most notably education, citizenship, and age. Using data collected in 1984 on samples of California's black, Latino, Asian-American, and non-Hispanic white populations, we conclude that such variables fully account for lower Latino participation rates. Even with these controls, however, Asian-Americans remain less likely to vote. Because ethnic group consciousness is one of the variables related to activity, we conclude that ethnicity does have an indirect effect on participation as a basis for mobilization. In addition, we establish that noncitizens engage in nonelectoral activities, and we project future political participation rates of Latinos and Asian-Americans under several scenarios.

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Additional Information:© 1989 Plenum Publishing Corporation. This project was funded by a grant from the Seaver Institute. We thank Arnita Shastri and Chris Gallant for their assistance in the research. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1987 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Anaheim, California. We would like to thank the discussants and also the participants in the Southern California Political Behavior Seminar and the Harvard American Politics Seminar for their comments. The Russell Sage Foundation supported the first author as a Visiting Fellow during one year of work on this project.
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Subject Keywords:Political Science ; Sociology ; Political Psychology
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Official Citation:Uhlaner, C. J., Cain, B. E., & Kiewiet, D. R.. (1989). Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in the 1980s. Political Behavior, 11(3), 195–231. Retrieved from
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