Race, structure, and state governments: The politics of higher education diversity Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper examines the politics of higher education diversity for both African Americans and Latinos, by investigating how the structure of the bureaucracy affects the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation. The key theoretical determinants of minority college enrollments are legislative representation, bureaucratic structure, university-level policies, and restrictions on affirmative action. A hierarchical linear model of 500+ universities over an 11-year period shows that each of these factors affects minority enrollments. 2008 Southern Political Science Association 2008.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hicklin, A., & Meier, K. J.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Hicklin, Alisa||Meier, Kenneth J

publication date

  • July 2008