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date: 22 October 2018

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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.

Keywords: race, ethnicity, social control, minority population, civil rights, direct democracy, threat, identity, gay rights, marriage equality

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