Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department

Political Science

First Committee Member

Kenneth Fernandez, Chair

Second Committee Member

Ted Jelen

Third Committee Member

David Damore

Graduate Faculty Representative

Christie Batson

Number of Pages

112

Abstract

This thesis examines the influence that contextual factors have on the political behavior of Latinos in the United States. I argue that, due to the unique immigration and socialization experiences of Latinos, context will play a role in the political behavior of Latinos. The hypotheses are tested against data collected from a national survey of Latinos conducted in 2006 and the National Election Studies from 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2008. The results of the analysis indicate that context does influence the partisanship of Latinos; however, the effect of descriptive representation for Latinos at the Congressional level does not mirror the experience of African Americans.

Disciplines

Political Science

Language

English


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