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Department of Political Science
University of Mississippi

The Misrepresentation of the Black Poor

By Marvin P. King, Jr.

fp-misrepkingIn The Misrepresentation of the Black Poor the author examined the effect, if any, of membership in various Black income groups on members’ political power, conceptualized as the ability to elect ideologically preferred representatives to Congress. The findings indicate that large numbers of Black poor actually mitigate quality representation in Congress. This happens despite large concentrations of Black poor into relatively few congressional districts.

Journal of Black Studies, May 2010 vol. 40 no. 5 835-850
Published online before print July 31, 2008, doi: 10.1177/0021934708321110