- Series Information
- The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Study of State and Local Politics and Policy
- Relations between State and National Governments
- Relations Between Local and National Governments
- Relations between State and Local Governments: The Home Court (Dis)Advantage
- Local Political Participation
- State Political Participation: Election Law, Electoral Competition, and Inequality
- Local and State Interest Group Organizations
- Local and State Political Parties
- Local Campaigns and Elections
- State Campaigns and Elections
- Early State History and Constitutions
- State Direct Democracy
- State Legislatures
- State Executives
- State Courts: Past, Present, and Future
- State Bureaucracy: Policy Delegation, Comparative Institutional Capacity, and Administrative Politics in the American States
- Local Boundaries
- Local Legislatures
- Local Executives
- Local Courts
- Local Bureaucracy
- The Context of Local Policymaking: Who or What Governs?
- The Context of State Policy Policymaking
- State Policy and Democratic Representation
- Local Policy and Democratic Representation
- Fiscal Policy in the American States
- State Economic Development
- Education Policy
- Social Welfare Policy
- Health Care Politics and Policy
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Morality Politics
- Environmental Policy
- State Regulatory Policy
- Policies Towards Minority Populations
- Sub-National Politics: A Methodological Perspective
- Sub-National Politics: A National Political Perspective
- Sub-National Politics: A Comparative Perspective
- Conclusion: The Study of State and Local Politics and Policy
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter the authors explore two decades of research on the policies that have evolved from struggles for minority group inclusion. They focus on minority-targeted policies that are most relevant to state or local governments. As part of this effort the authors report the results of a content analysis of nine major political science and public policy journals. They find that the volume of research on minority-targeted policies has remained steady over time, but there have been significant changes in the content of these studies. In addition the authors dissect the research to examine the major questions that have been studied in the literature, as well as what we have learned about the politics and the impact of minority-targeted policies. They conclude by highlighting some recent trends in this literature that seem promising, as well as suggesting avenues for future research.
Richard Fording is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama.
John Poe is currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.
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