Diversity Dilemmas in Democratic Representation

Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause

in The Diversity Paradox

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933433 | DOI:
Diversity Dilemmas in Democratic Representation

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This chapter outlines The Diversity Paradox - the notion that the power a minority group wields in a political organization may actually decrease as the group’s numbers increase. It explains the importance of this issue, since the Diversity Paradox challenges the conventional wisdom that increasing descriptive representation (numbers) will lead to increased substantive representation (outcomes). The chapter goes on to describe the five counterintuitive lessons of the Diversity Paradox, and to discuss why the book focuses on the cases of women in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and state legislatures. The chapter also outlines the structure of the remainder of the book.

Keywords: diversity; diversity paradox; descriptive representation; substantive representation; Pitkin; women

Chapter.  6248 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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