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Latino Political Power

Kim Geron
Latino Political Power
ISBN: 978-1-58826-000-0
ISBN: 978-1-58826-321-6
2005/247 pages/LC: 2004029654
Latinos: Exploring Diversity and Change

"A valuable inclusion for any introductory course charting the political history of the Latino population of the United States"—Alex Goodall, Journal of American Studies

"Provides a solid foundation for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of the growing Latino political power in the United States."—Jacqueline M. Hayes, Latino(a) Research Review

"Latino Political Power by Kim Geron fills an important gap.... One of the major contributions of [this book] are the chapters that address Latino elected officials (LEOs) in the political process."—Howard Jordan, Centro Journal

"Geron does an excellent job in connecting the political struggles of the past to the political accomplishments of the present.... Latino Political Power is a great start for anyone interested in learning more about the development of Latina/o politics. Highly recommended. Public libraries and undergraduate academic collections."—Choice

"Rich with insight and information."—Rodolfo Rosales, University of Texas at San Antonio

"Provides a solid basis for understanding the dynamics of political integration for the fastest growing population in the United States."—Manuel Avalos, Arizona State University


An untold story of the last decade is the rapid ascent to electoral office of Latinos nationwide, who now hold more than five thousand elected positions. Latino Political Power provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Latino politics from the early 20th century to the present.

The purpose of the book is twofold: to capture the transition of Latinos from disenfranchised outsiders to political leaders, and to observe the relationship between those leaders and their ethnic communities. Geron tackles a number of key questions: Who is running for office? How are they elected? How does ethnicity variously shape the politics of candidates and the priorities they pursue once in office? He also addresses commonalities and differences among Latinos based on location, gender, party affiliation, and ethnic ties. Students will come away from the rich case studies and nationwide survey data with a broad understanding of contemporary Latino political behavior.


Kim Geron is associate professor of political science at California State University, East Bay.


  • Pathways to Incorporation.
  • Latino Politics Before World War II.
  • The Emergence of New Voices.
  • Into the Mainstream.
  • Voters, Parties, and Latino Political Development.
  • Variations on Power: Miami, San Antonio, and Los Angeles.
  • A Surge of Representation in the Salinas Valley.
  • Today's Latino Elected Officials.
  • Latino Politics in the New Millennium.