This study focuses on minority representation on county governing boards to determine the extent of minority representation, and then to provide explanation for the exiting patterns in its representation. The dependent variable used in this paper is a count variable employing a Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial model. The results indicate that minority populations, counties located in the South, partisan elections, the size of county governing boards and urban counties have positive effects on increased minority representation, while at-large voting districts have a negative effect. Furthermore, it advances the need for greater research on county governing boards, county governments in general and a new agenda for the future study of minority representation on local governing bodies.
Al G. Gourrier, Leander D. Kellogg, E. Lee Bernick, and Katheryn Brekken
"A Seat at the Table: Minority Representation and County Governing Boards,"
Journal of Public Management & Social Policy: Vol. 28:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/jpmsp/vol28/iss1/8