Why the title “Twists of Fate”?
In political science, prominent scholars have described the voting behavior of racial minorities as a reflection of a perceived linked fate. That is, the perception of one’s life chances (their fate) being linked to that of the racial/social group they most closely identify with will strongly influence their voting behavior. In essence, minorities often vote in accordance with the political party or candidate that they believe best represents the needs and interests of the group as a whole.
In my book, Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the US House of Representatives, I develop and discuss a theory of linked political fate—something that occurs at the macro-level of US politics, where the fates of various racial minority groups are linked. Lawmakers from and representing communities of color often find themselves in a unique predicament in advocating for their constituencies, and the political fates for successful advocacy are linked not only within each group, but also among them. That is, the political fates of Black, Latino, and Asian American communities are tied to one another.
Who should read this?
People who are interested in minority representation, public policy, and the lawmaking process. While the book is published by an academic press, it goes far beyond theoretical understandings of government to the nuts and bolts of the policy process, and how various stages of both electoral politics and policy formulation include distinct means of exclusion for communities of color, and carry both short-term and long-term implications.