TitleAlternative analyses of political representation in urban Congressional districts
NameDunn, Marika-Eugenia (author), Junn, Jane Y. (chair), Baker, Ross K. (internal member), Leech, Beth L. (internal member), Tillery, Alvin B. (internal member), Grose, Christian (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Administrative and political divisions,
Representative government and representation
DescriptionThis dissertation critically examines the processes and outcomes of the representative constituency
relationship within urban congressional districts in the United States. In each of the dissertation’s three essays, the project addresses the following claims: 1)
studies of representation within a political jurisdiction may be more robustly addressed through analyses of a variety of tools that members use to foster relationships with their constituencies; 2) members who represent racial and ethnic minorities and other politically marginalized or vulnerable constituencies utilize a number of these tools of representation to develop and maintain relationships with their constituencies; and 3) the study of representation in the U.S. is intrinsically linked to conceptual and physical spatial elements that define the parameters of political behavior toward particular constituents or communities. The project incorporates data from a variety of sources
including participant observation and interviews of congressional staff as well as congressional hearings, appropriations earmarks, and census data to substantiate both the overall claims as well as specific conclusions posed within each essay.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Marika-Eugenia Dunn
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.