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Urban Affairs Review gives Peter Burns' book rave review

June 26, 2009

Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial And Ethnic Minorities And Urban Politics,” by Peter F. Burns, Ph.D., “should be required reading for courses in urban politics and state and local government,” writes Wilbur C. Rich, Ph.D., for the Urban Affairs Review.

Burns, associate professor of political science in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Social Sciences, compared several cities in Connecticut with burgeoning minority populations to determine how well elected officials serve African-American and Latino constituents. He interviewed more than 200 politicians and community leaders across the state and found that minorities in non-reform cities often have to circumvent elected officials and use unconventional means to secure responsiveness for their interests.

“The book offers fascinating insights into how small, older northeastern cities cope with the influx of minorities. In an era of declining economic resources, these case studies tell us a lot about political participation in such cities. For this reason, this highly readable book makes an important contribution to the urban literature,” Rich writes. Rich is a professor of political science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, American Educational Research Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

The UAR is a scholarly journal that focuses on research and analysis of governance, policy, cultural life and economic development in urban settings.

For more information on the College of Social Sciences or to schedule an interview with Burns, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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