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Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making

Nadia E. Brown


This book argues that identities based on race and gender affect how Black women legislate. Unlike other studies that only analyze intergroup variances, this book examines intragroup differences among Maryland’s African American women legislators. It develops representational identity theory to examine when and why Black women state legislators will behave similarly or have divergent policy preferences and uses intragroup analysis to compare and contrast the political behavior and policy preferences of Black women elected to the Maryland state legislature. Due in part to common experiences wit ... More

Keywords: Black women, intersectionality, legislative studies, identity politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199352432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199352432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadia E. Brown, author
Purdue University