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Immigrants and Electoral PoliticsNonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change$
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Heath Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704833

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704833.001.0001

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A Model of Immigrant-Serving Engagement

A Model of Immigrant-Serving Engagement

(p.98) 4 A Model of Immigrant-Serving Engagement
Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This chapter articulates a new model of electoral engagement for immigrant-serving nonprofits. In the political and financial landscape leading up to the 2012 election, nonprofits faced opportunities and barriers to engaging in electoral politics. The chapter uses the reflective electoral representation theory to identify several factors associated with the level of nonprofit engagement in electioneering, and the electoral venue choice theory to argue that a different set of political factors will be involved in which venue (local, state, or national) an immigrant-serving nonprofit focuses its work. In particular, the chapter focuses on the cases of the MinKwon Center for Community Action in New York, Korean American Community Center of Princeton (KCCP) in New Jersey, Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) in Illinois, and Latino Advocacy Coalition (LAC) in North Carolina.

Keywords:   electoral engagement, reflective electoral representation theory, nonprofit engagement in electioneering, electoral venue choice theory, MinKwon, KCCP, AFIRE, LAC, grounded theoretical model

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