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Exploring Minority Empowerment: Symbolic Politics, Governing Coalitions and Traces of Political Style in Los Angeles

Frank D. Gilliam, Jr.
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 40, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 56-81
DOI: 10.2307/2111694
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111694
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Exploring Minority Empowerment: Symbolic Politics, Governing Coalitions and Traces of Political Style in Los Angeles
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Abstract

Symbolic politics and governing coalition theories are used to predict political orientations of blacks, whites, and Hispanics in cities with long-term minority regimes. Positive attitudes toward the minority regime and its policies are a function of the symbolic value people place on minority empowerment and whether one is part of the dominant governing coalition. Analysis of variance and multivariate regression analysis of Los Angeles area public opinion data. Membership in the governing coalition is the best predictor of political attitudes toward the administration and its policies. The standard symbolic politics model is revised to incorporate ideas about competing "political styles" in the African-American community.

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