Black Representatives and Their Constituents 2nd
By (author) Richard F. Fenno
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Going Home by Richard F. Fenno
Book DescriptionThirty years ago there were nine African Americans in the US House of Representatives. Today there are four times that number. In "Going Home", the dean of congressional studies, Richard F. Fenno, explores what representation has meant -and means today - to black voters and to the politicians they have elected to office. Fenno follows the career of four black representatives - Louis Stokes, Barbara Jordan, Chaka Fattah and Stephanie Tubbs Jones - from their home districts to the halls of the Capitol. He finds that while these politicians had different visions of how they should represent their districts (in part based on their individual preferences, and in part based on the history of black politics in America), they shared crucial organizational and symbolic connections to their constituents. These connections, which draw on a sense of "linked fates" are ones that only black representatives can provide to black constituents. Fenno's detailed portraits and incisive analysis should be important for anyone interested in the workings of Congress or in black politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226241319
(195mm x 142mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard F. Fenno
Challenge of Congressional Representation, Hardback (April 2013)View all books by Richard F. Fenno
At a moment when Congress is viewed by a skeptical public as hyper-partisan and dysfunctional, Richard Fenno provides a variegated picture of American representational politics. The Challenge of Congressional Representation offers an up-close-and-personal look at the complex relationship between members of Congress and their constituents back home.
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Author Biography - Richard F. Fenno
Richard F. Fenno is a Distinguished University Professor and William J. Kenan Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. He is the author of a dozen books, including the classic "Home Style: House Members in Their Districts" and, most recently, "Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998."
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