Political Scientists of Color Distinguished Speaker


Nov
30
2012

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  • Speaker: Daniel Gillion (Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania University; RWJ Scholar, Harvard University)
  • Host Department: Political Science
  • Date: 11/30/2012
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Location: Eldersveld Room (5670 Haven Hall)

  • Description:

    This research demonstrates the direct influence that political protest behavior has on Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court--illustrating that protest is a form of democratic responsiveness that government officials have used, and continue to draw upon, to implement federal policies. Focusing on racial and ethnic minority concerns, this work shows that the context of political protest served as a signal for political preferences. As pro-minority rights behavior grew and anti-minority rights actions declined, politicians learned from minority protest and responded when they felt emboldened by stronger informational cues stemming from citizens’ behavior, a theory referred to as the “information continuum.” Given the influence that minority protest actions have wielded over national government, this work offers a powerful implication. While the shift from protest to politics as a political strategy has opened the door for institutionalized political opportunity, racial and ethnic minorities have neglected a powerful tool to illustrate the inequalities that exist in contemporary society."