Event Title

Substantive Representation at the Intersection of Identity and Immigration

Presenter Information

Elizabeth George
Ashveer Singh

Mentor 1

Paru Shah

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

27-4-2018 1:30 PM

Description

The number of women, people of color and immigrants running for office today is remarkable. This project examines if and how this newfound descriptive representation in the statehouse influences policy outcomes. We begin with a descriptive analysis of legislative and committee assignments, and leadership roles. Are minority legislators pigeon-holed in specific roles, and does this vary by race, gender and immigrant status? We next examine authorship of legislative bills between 2014-2016, and the impact of race, gender and nativity on effective substantive representation. Do nativity and immigrant generation—of either the legislator or their constituents—shape the legislative agenda? Using a new database that includes the race, gender, and nativity of state legislators, their legislative actions, and the demographic composition of their constituents, our analysis draws distinctions between the representative efforts of women and men within, and across, racial groups, and immigrant generations.

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Apr 27th, 1:30 PM

Substantive Representation at the Intersection of Identity and Immigration

Union Wisconsin Room

The number of women, people of color and immigrants running for office today is remarkable. This project examines if and how this newfound descriptive representation in the statehouse influences policy outcomes. We begin with a descriptive analysis of legislative and committee assignments, and leadership roles. Are minority legislators pigeon-holed in specific roles, and does this vary by race, gender and immigrant status? We next examine authorship of legislative bills between 2014-2016, and the impact of race, gender and nativity on effective substantive representation. Do nativity and immigrant generation—of either the legislator or their constituents—shape the legislative agenda? Using a new database that includes the race, gender, and nativity of state legislators, their legislative actions, and the demographic composition of their constituents, our analysis draws distinctions between the representative efforts of women and men within, and across, racial groups, and immigrant generations.