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Cover Image: The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics
  • Date: 11/08/2011
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $50.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60426-727-3
  • Pages: 285
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The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics
Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
Gary Segura, Stanford University

Today’s demographic reality is a “majority-minority” America wherein racial and ethnic minorities comprise a growing share of the U.S. population and electorate, and are themselves becoming more diverse and representing more decisive votes. How America evolves as a society and a polity depends on whether and how these new Americans access and are accommodated by existing institutions.

The Future is Ours offers a data-based examination of whether (and exactly how) minority citizens differ from members of the white majority—in political participation, voting preferences, policy opinions, orientations toward government, and legislative representation. Data analyses are presented in non-technical fashion, but throughout the authors attempt to engage issues of research design that expose students to the logics of social science inquiry.

Bowler and Segura argue that demography will, in fact, be destiny. The balance between the two parties is at a tipping point and the outcome depends on how minority Americans engage in politics.

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Table of Contents

1. Demography is Destiny! Or…You Just Never Know…

2. Demography, Identity, and a Changing America: A Not-So-Simple Examination of Rapid Change

3. Electoral Competition and the Democratic Reliance on Minority Vote

4. Party Identification and Two-Party Vote among Minority Citizens

5. The Political Distinctiveness of American Minorities

6. Taking Part in Politics: The Essence of Democracy

7. Participation Beyond Voting and Minority Politics

8. Representation: Representatives, Elections, and Electoral Reform

9. Core Orientations to the Political System

10. Values and Beliefs: Is There a “Culture War” across Racial and Ethnic Groups?

11. Immigration and Its Discontents

12. Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation

13. “We Have Seen the Future and the Future Is Ours”


"The seismic demographic shift stands to be among the most powerful phenomena of our lifetime, with implications for generations to come. Segura and Bowler deftly argue the Obama presidency adds another dimension to the new American politics, amplifying the impact of race and ethnicity in a society undergoing rapid changes. They demonstrate that political science offers tremendous leverage to understand these powerful and quintessentially American phenomenon that will reverberate for generations to come. As the manuscript I kept thinking, gYes, THIS is the America I live in, THIS is the America that remains the best kept secret in political science!h. Bowler and Segura give much needed theoretical structure to this unwieldy topic ]] it is one thing to recognize increasing diversity and weaknesses in academic research, it is an entirely different endeavor to explain the origins, linkages, manifestations and implications of diversity in American social and political life."

- Sylvia Manzano, Texas A&M University

"Simply stated, I LOVE this book and I really look forward to adopting it for my race and politics courses. It is a totally engaging look at minority individuals’ political behavior and attitudes. The content is very current and relevant. The writing is crisp and written in a way that draws the reader in."

- Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Coeditor of The American Political Science Review, University of North Texas

"This is a very timely, sophisticated, and persuasive analysis, enhanced by an engaging writing style that will make it well received by students as well as scholars."

- Andrew L. Aoki, Augsburg College

"Blending theoretical rigor and data-rich analysis, Bowler and Segura have produced a masterful, must-read book on race and representation in contemporary American Politics. Readers will be pulling this book from their shelves for year to come."

- Tom Schaller, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside

Gary Segura, Stanford University


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