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Latino Politics

Identity, Mobilization, and Representation
Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier, eds.

BUY Paper · 416 pp. · 6.125 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813926520 · $30.00 · Aug 2008
BUY Ebook · 416 pp. · ISBN 9780813930367 · $30.00 · Aug 2008

Due to the dramatic growth of the Latino population in America, in combination with the relative decline of the Anglo (non-Hispanic white) share, Latino Studies is increasingly at the forefront of political concern. With Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization, and Representation, editors Rodolfo Espino, David L. Leal, and Kenneth J. Meier bring together essays from a number of leading scholars to address the ever-more important issues within the field. Providing an overview of issues surrounding Latino identity and political opinion—such as differences among Latino groups based on national origin, the importance of descriptive representation, and issues of competition and cooperation, particularly with reference to African Americans—the editors speak to the many fundamental debates ingrained in the discipline.

In addition to highlighting important contributions of the study of Latino politics to date, this volume suggests areas that have yet to be explored and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrates how the study of Latino politics relates to broader questions of American politics and society. Foregrounding debates in the overall discipline of political science, the collection will appeal to those who study Latino politics as well as those who are interested in understanding American politics and society with reference to Latino and "minority" concerns.


Rodney E. Hero, University of Notre Dame * Benjamin Márquez, University of Wisconsin, Madison * David L. Leal, University of Texas at Austin * Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University * Matt A. Barreto, University of Washington * Ricardo Ramírez, University of Southern California * Louis DeSipio, University of California, Irvine * Adrian D. Pantoja, Arizona State University * Sylvia Manzano, Texas A&M University * Helena Alves Rodrigues, University of Arizona * Gary M. Segura, University of Washington * René R. Rocha, University of Iowa * Luis Ricardo Fraga, University of Washington * Sharon A. Navarro, University of Texas at San Antonio * Rodolfo Espino, Arizona State University * Jason P. Casellas, University of Texas at Austin * Eric Gonzalez Juenke, University of Colorado at Boulder * Nick A. Theobald, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Texas Christian University * Manuel Avalos, Arizona State University * Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University


"This book makes an important and substantial contribution to the field of Latino political studies. It is very well organized to focus on important political questions (e.g., Latino identity politics, Latino public opinion, transnational political identities of Latino immigrants, the political mobilization of Latinos, social capital and Latino politics, Latinos and coalitional politics, Latinos’ empowerment efforts in governmental institutions, etc.), and the authors of each chapter are careful to frame their inquiries to analyze the available data in a very consistent and effective manner. The book will be indispensable to Latino politics scholars, and will be of special interest to scholars focused on a range of important political matters (e.g., identity politics, immigrant political incorporation, public opinion, voting studies, Congressional institutional analysis, gender politics, etc.).

Ronald Schmidt Sr.Professor of Political ScienceCalifornia State UniversityLong Beach, author of Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States

About the Author(s): 

Rodolfo Espino is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. David L. Leal is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Kenneth J. Meier, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, is Professor of Public Management at the Cardiff University School of Business in Wales.

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