Title page for ETD etd-11282005-134555

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Douglas, Nakeina Erika
URN etd-11282005-134555
Title The Color of Marginalization: Painting the Picture of Race and Public Policy in American States
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gooden, Susan T. Committee Chair
Bunch-Lyons, Beverly Committee Member
Hult, Karen M. Committee Member
Kershaw, Terry Committee Member
Wamsley, Gary L. Committee Member
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Race
  • State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Public Policy
  • Felony Voting
  • Institutions
Date of Defense 2005-11-18
Availability unrestricted
Building on the conceptual lens of Hero and Tolbert (1999), this study examines differences between policy restrictiveness in states with high minority populations and states with low minority populations for three policies areas: felony voting policies, Unemployment Insurance (UI) and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This study examines whether states with minority populations greater than the national average have public policies that are more restrictive than states with minority populations at or below their national average and the patterns that emerged. Overall, I found higher levels of restrictive policies for states with high minority populations in the instances of felony voting policies and the Unemployment Insurance program. The findings imply a need for accountability and uniformity from the state to improve the outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities.
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