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Who Votes, Who Doesn’t Vote, and Why? Professor Bernard Fraga on Why Minority Voting Turnout Matters

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As America gets closer to the 2020 presidential election, everyone wants to know, “Who will run?” But there’s another important question to ask: ”Who will turn out to vote?” There’s a gap in voter turnout between white people and people of color -- a gap that has an impact on election outcomes, and on our democracy. So where does this turnout gap come from? Who votes, who doesn’t vote, and why? Indiana University’s Bernard Fraga wrestles with these questions in his new book, "The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America." Here, Fraga explores the historical roots of these disparities and argues that it’s up to politicians, parties, and us to fix them.

25mins

20 Mar 2019

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Bernard Fraga, “The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America” (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in African American Studies

Following a historic election, we return again to the question of turnout. Who turned out in large numbers to shift power in the House back to the Democrats? What we know about the past is that there are substantial gaps in turnout between different groups. White Americans have turned out in larger numbers that many other racial and ethnic groups. This much is well-know, but what explains these gaps? Is it political interest, barrier to voting, or something else?Such is the focus of Bernard Fraga’s new book The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Fraga is assistant professor of political science at Indiana University.Fraga finds that the common explanations don’t always hold up when you examine rigorous data and use advanced methods. He argues for a theory of electoral influence based on the relative size of the racial and ethnic population in a voting district. In districts where minority groups make up a relatively small portion of the electorate, turnout tends to be low. In other districts, where the group makes up a larger portion, turnout tends to be much higher. These findings, and others, explain a lot about the 2018 election and future elections and campaigns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/african-american-studies

21mins

12 Nov 2018

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Bernard Fraga, “The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America” (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in Political Science

Following a historic election, we return again to the question of turnout. Who turned out in large numbers to shift power in the House back to the Democrats? What we know about the past is that there are substantial gaps in turnout between different groups. White Americans have turned out in larger numbers that many other racial and ethnic groups. This much is well-know, but what explains these gaps? Is it political interest, barrier to voting, or something else?Such is the focus of Bernard Fraga’s new book The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Fraga is assistant professor of political science at Indiana University.Fraga finds that the common explanations don’t always hold up when you examine rigorous data and use advanced methods. He argues for a theory of electoral influence based on the relative size of the racial and ethnic population in a voting district. In districts where minority groups make up a relatively small portion of the electorate, turnout tends to be low. In other districts, where the group makes up a larger portion, turnout tends to be much higher. These findings, and others, explain a lot about the 2018 election and future elections and campaigns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

21mins

12 Nov 2018

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Ep. 103: Professor Bernard Fraga explains the gap in voter turnout

Through the Gates at IU

In Ep. 103, Dean Jim Shanahan is joined by Bernard Fraga, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Tune in to hear about Fraga's research on voter turnout rates, political polls, and gerrymandering and redistricting.

30mins

7 Nov 2018

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Ep. 32: Bernard Fraga and Sandy Shapshay on young voters & the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Through the Gates at IU

Janae Cummings talks with Prof. Bernard Fraga and Prof. Sandra Shapshay about their work on the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national voting initiative focused on improving democratic engagement on college campuses, increasing student voter participation rates, and graduating students with a lifelong commitment to being informed and active citizens. In our Hoosier Five segment, Cummings speaks with Professor Amjad Ali Khan, a virtuoso and master teacher of the Indian sarod, a fretless cousin of the sitar.#chroniclesofiu #politicsandtheworld

23mins

5 Oct 2016