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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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Choosing Where to Focus

Choosing Where to Focus

(p.161) 6 Choosing Where to Focus
Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This chapter extends the analysis from the previous chapter to the second dimension of advocacy and election: venue choice. This second half of the reflective electoral representation theory argues that these organizations next look to the political and power position of immigrants to make a strategic decision about where to focus an electoral agenda. The chapter presents an analysis of the factors related to an immigrant-serving nonprofit engaging in elections primarily at the national, state, or local level. The chapter shows that when dramatic local events occur, such as a hate crime, nonprofits tend to focus their work at that level rather than at the state or national level; but when the size of the local immigrant community is large, the group will focus more on the state or national level.

Keywords:   reflective electoral representation theory, electoral venue choice, national level, state level, local level, dramatic local events, local immigrant community

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