The Intersectional Dynamics of Descriptive Representation Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractResearch on political representation demonstrates that the presence of historically underrepresented groups in political office (descriptive representation) can have not only a substantive impact on policies and procedures but also a symbolic impact that changes the attitudes and even behavior of those groups. The dynamics of group identity and its significance for representation, however, are complicated. Individuals often hold multiple identities, and the meanings attached to those identities may vary in relation to each other and to the particular political context. In this article, we provide an intersectional analysis of two minoritized ethno-racial groups, African Americans and Latinos/as. Using data from the 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey, we explore the extent to which shared identity matters for perceptions of representation. Our findings demonstrate that while shared identity does influence perceptions of representation, the impact varies in complicated ways that are simultaneously raced and gendered.

publication date

  • June 1, 2022

Date in CU Experts

  • January 31, 2022 8:20 AM

Full Author List

  • Montoya CM; Bejarano C; Brown NE; Gershon SA

author count

  • 4

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1743-923X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9248

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 483

end page

  • 512


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