Start reading Tyranny of the Minority on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Tyranny of the Minority: The Subconstituency Politics Theory of Representation [Kindle Edition]

Benjamin Bishin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $29.95 What's this?
Print List Price: $29.95
Kindle Price: $16.17
You Save: $13.78 (46%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $16.17  
Hardcover $61.28  
Paperback $25.76  
Kindle eTextbooks
Save up to 80% with Kindle eTextbooks
Textbooks cost less when you rent or buy feature-rich eTextbooks. With flexible rental options, only pay for the time you need. Choose a rental length between 30 and 360 days and extend it for as little as one day. You even have the option to purchase at any time. Learn more.

Book Description

Why do politicians frequently heed the preferences of small groups of citizens over those of the majority? Breaking new theoretical ground, Benjamin Bishin explains how the desires of small groups, which he calls subconstituencies, often trump the preferences of much larger groups.

Tyranny of the Minority provides a unified theory of representation, based in social psychology and identity theory, to explain how citizens intensity fosters knowledge and participation and drives candidates behavior in campaigns and legislators' behavior in Congress. Demonstrating the wide applicability of the theory, Bishin traces politicians' behavior in connection with a wide range of issues, including the Cuban trade embargo, the extension of hate-crimes legislation to protect gay men and lesbians, the renewal of the assault-weapons ban, abortion politics, and Congress's attempt to recognize the Armenian genocide. He offers a unique explanation of when, why, and how special interests dominate American national politics.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Tyranny of the Minority addresses fundamental questions about democracy with a careful and methodologically sophisticated approach. I found the argument of this book to be creative and persuasive. It should have a lasting impact on the literature on representation." --Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan

"The power of some minority groups to continually fend off majority interests through democratic representation has long been under-theorized. Bishin's fascinating and empirically sophisticated account of subconstituency politics is a welcome remedy, and it is absolutely vital for any understanding of American democracy." --Paul Frymer, Princeton University

Book Description

Why do politicians frequently heed the preferences of small groups of citizens over those of the general public? Breaking new theoretical ground, Benjamin Bishin explains how the desires of small groups, which he calls “subconstituencies,” often trump the preferences of much larger groups.

 

Tyranny of the Minority provides a “unified theory of representation,” based in social psychology and supported by extensive analyses of legislators’ voting behavior, that explains how citizens’ knowledge and participation affects candidates’ behavior in campaigns and legislators’ behavior in Congress. Demonstrating the wide applicability of the theory, the book traces politicians’ behavior on a wide range of issues, including the Cuban trade embargo, the extension of hate crimes legislation to protect gays and lesbians, the renewal of the assault weapons ban, abortion politics, and Congress’s battle to recognize the Armenian genocide. It offers a unique explanation of why and how special interests dominate American national politics.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2135 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (April 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JCTHEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
(2)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic January 29, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the best studies on dictatorships, in particular, that of Cuba. A book with a density appropriate knowledge for those who want to delve into the subject. Recommend
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great theories, but too wordy March 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book itself brought some interesting content to it. the political theories and aspects were well developed and enthralling. Although diction the author used seemed to imply he was "trying to hard" to use elaborate words.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category