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The Turnout Gap

The Turnout Gap
Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America

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  • Publication planned for: September 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108465922

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  • In The Turnout Gap, Bernard L. Fraga offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in voter turnout. Examining voting for Whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans from the 1800s to the present, Fraga documents persistent gaps in turnout and shows that elections are increasingly unrepresentative of the wishes of all Americans. These gaps persist not because of socioeconomics or voter suppression, but because minority voters have limited influence in shaping election outcomes. As Fraga demonstrates, voters turn out at higher rates when their votes matter; despite demographic change, in most elections and most places, minorities are less electorally relevant than Whites. The Turnout Gap shows that when politicians engage the minority electorate, the power of the vote can win. However, demography is not destiny. It is up to politicians, parties, and citizens themselves to mobilize the potential of all Americans.

    • Offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of race and voter turnout, considering each of America's four largest racial and ethnic groups and voting data from the 1800s through the 2016 election
    • Develops a new theory of race and voter turnout that applies across all racial/ethnic groups, including Whites
    • Challenges the conventional wisdom that demographic change will lead to greater political equality
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    Advance praise: ‘Fraga wrestles with one of the core political puzzles of our time: why does voter turnout lag among non-whites relative to whites? He offers a theoretically compelling explanation and tests it with the best available data and the most sophisticated analytical tools. The Turnout Gap represents a major contribution to our understanding of American political behavior.' Vincent L. Hutchings, University of Michigan

    Advance praise: ‘Fraga's analysis is full of striking findings. He shows that the gap in turnout between whites and non-whites is larger than we thought; that running a non-white candidate does not really close the gap; and that voter identification laws have not consistently widened it. His ultimate explanation for this gap shows us why white voters remain dominant even in an increasingly diverse United States. This is a book that scholars, journalists, politicians, and the Supreme Court definitely need to read.' John Sides, George Washington University

    Advance praise: ‘Fraga's work is deeply situated in both the historical and contemporary politics of race, his evidence reflecting the advanced analytical tools and diverse data sources that distinguish the modern study of voter turnout. His conclusions suggest that there are no easy or simple political or policy ‘fixes' to the problem of racial/ethnic inequality in turnout (and therefore political representation more broadly), but also underscore the critical importance and potential of electoral politics for narrowing the turnout gap.' Jan Leighley, American University, Washington DC

    Advance praise: ‘This is a very important book that takes a holistic approach to voting and race in the twenty-first century to explain the age-old question in political science of who votes, who doesn't vote, and why? Fraga expertly weighs into this rich literature by incorporating historic data, contemporary data, geographic variation, and a close examination of blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asian Americans. This book is not just a data-rich resource on voter turnout; it provides a powerful theoretical explanation for the turnout gap beyond the resource model. This book is a must-read for anyone studying voting patterns in America today.' Matt A. Barreto, University of California, Los Angeles

    Advance praise: ‘The American citizenry grows more racially diverse every year, and yet communities of color continue to lag behind whites in political power and representation. Bernard L. Fraga offers a compelling theory for why this is the case. He finds little evidence that these gaps are due to formal voting barriers such as felon disenfranchisement and voter identification requirements. He argues instead that investments in voter mobilization and a greater sense of political empowerment benefit groups that already have high electoral influence, which, in most states and Congressional districts, still means non-Hispanic whites. Thus, advantage breeds advantage, making it difficult for marginalized communities to gain influence even as they grow in numerical size. Fraga's analysis is a sobering reminder that ‘demography is not destiny', and that parties and civic organizations need to make massive investments in outreach to disenfranchised communities in order to make American politics more representative.' Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside

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    • Publication planned for: September 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108465922
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 46 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Race and turnout in historical context
    3. Are sociodemographic factors the answer?
    4. Electoral influence and the turnout gap
    5. The political geography of the turnout gap
    6. How electoral districts shape turnout rates
    7. Do modern election policies exacerbate the gap?
    8. Demographic change and the future of minority turnout
    Appendix.

  • Author

    Bernard L. Fraga, Indiana University
    Bernard L. Fraga is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Stanford Law Review; and he is the recipient of the Midwest Political Science Association Lucius Barker Award and Latina/o Caucus Early Career Award. Findings from his work on race and elections have featured in various media outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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