By Matt Barreto
New theoretical propositions, unique info, and rigorous empirical exams are what one seems to be for in state of the art social technological know-how. thankfully, all 3 are obvious in Ethnic Cues. the writer has driven his pondering to improve new methods of realizing and explaining styles of Latino vote casting behavior.---Luis Ricardo Fraga, collage of Washington, Seattle"Matt Barreto investigates a few of the ramifications of 2 new similar advancements in American political existence: the lovely development of the Latino immigrant inhabitants in contemporary many years and the accompanying exponential explosion within the variety of Latino applicants working for political place of work on the neighborhood, nation, and nationwide levels."---Reuel R. Rogers, Northwestern UniversityUntil lately, a lot of the examine on political participation has resisted the concept Latino electorate depend upon ethnic cues. The dialogue has turn into more and more salient as political strategists have realized to outline person balloting blocs and mobilize them in aid of a candidate. Nourished by means of the controversy over immigration, the quest for the Latino voter has now blossomed right into a nationwide political obsession.Against this historical past, Matt A. Barreto assays the impact of ethnic identity on Latinos' vote casting habit. Barreto asks no matter if the presence of co-ethnic applicants truly does mobilize Latino citizens in help of those applicants. His research of in-depth candidate interviews, public opinion surveys, professional election effects, and data unearths that it does. He is going directly to describe the dynamic of balloting within the Latino neighborhood and sharpens our appreciation of the way ethnic concerns impression the electoral offerings of american citizens extra more often than not. In a time of intensely concentrated crusade appeals, Barreto's paintings has a lot to inform us in regards to the mechanics of public opinion and the position of race and ethnicity in vote casting behavior.Matt A. Barreto is affiliate Professor of Political technology on the college of Washington and Director of the Washington Institute for the research of Ethnicity, Race, and Sexuality (WISER).Cover paintings credits: © iStockphoto.com/P_Wei
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After he ‹led his candidacy paperwork and paid his fees to the county registrar of voters, Diaz’s ‹rst stop was the local LULAC of‹ce, where he sought volunteers for his campaign. With no previous campaign experience, Diaz next turned to Latina congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for political advice, an endorsement, and campaign money. Diaz routinely held political meetings and brokered deals at a local Peruvian restaurant and was the only candidate to send bilingual campaign mailers to Latino households.
Controlling for party identi‹cation, Cain and Kiewiet found no statistical support for the proposition that ethnicity affects vote choice. While both of these analyses point to a role for ethnicity in the political behavior of Latinos, they ultimately rely on traditional models of vote choice, in which partisanship, issue position, and candidate evaluation hold the true keys (Aldrich, Sullivan, and Borgida 1989). This ‹nding is consistent with DeSipio’s (1996a) argument that conventional predictors of participation and behavior are important in understanding Latino voting and that ethnicity may play only a minor role.
Among the earliest explanations of vote preference, Downs (1957) argues that voters evaluate competing candidate policy positions, leaving little room for affect or candidate appeal. However much has changed in campaign practices over the past ‹fty years, candidate traits continue to play a major role in voting behavior for ‹ve reasons: (1) the diminishing role of political parties; (2) the rise of candidate-centered elections; (3) candidate appeals for groups of voters; (4) media focus on ethnicity of candidates; and (5) the continuing lack of minority representation.