Latino Mayors

Political Change in the Postindustrial City

Edited by Marion Orr and Domingo Morel
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310 pages
6 x 9
32 tables, 9 line drawings, 2 maps

The first book to examine the rise of Latino mayors in the United States

Read and Excerpt from the Introduction (pdf).


As recently as the early 1960s, Latinos were almost totally excluded from city politics. This makes the rise of Latino mayors in the past three decades a remarkable American story—one that explains ethnic succession, changing urban demography, and political contexts. The vibrant collection Latino Mayors features case studies of eleven Latino mayors in six American cities: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Denver, Hartford, Miami, and Providence.

The editors and contributors analyze Latino mayors for their governing styles and policies. They describe how candidates shaped race, class, and economic issues—particularly in deracialized campaigns. Latino Mayors also addresses coalition politics, political incorporation, and how community groups operate, as well as the challenges these pioneers have faced in office from political tensions and governance issues that sometimes even harm Latinos.

Ultimately, Latino Mayors charts the performances, successes, and failures of these elected officials to represent their constituents in a changing economic and urban environment.

Contributors include: Stefanie Chambers, Carlos E. Cuéllar, Emily M. Farris, Maria Ilcheva, Dario Moreno, Robert Preuhs, Heywood T. Sanders, Ellen Shiau, and the editors.

Table of Contents

Foreword • Luis Ricardo Fraga
Preface and Acknowledgments

Part I Introduction
1. Latino Mayors and the Evolution of Urban Politics • ​Marion Orr and Domingo Morel
2. Patterns of Representation: A Descriptive Analysis of Latino-Mayor Cities in the United States • ​Carlos E. Cuéllar

Part II Latino Mayors in the West and Southwest
3. Mayoral Politics and Policies in a Divided City: Latino Mayors in San Antonio ​• ​Heywood T. Sanders
4. The Election of Federico Peña of Denver: The Challenge of Succession ​• ​Robert R. Preuhs
5. Coalition Building in Los Angeles: The Administration of Antonio Villaraigosa ​• ​Ellen Shiau

Part III Latino Mayors in the East and South
6. Two Latino Mayors in Hartford: Eddie Perez and Pedro Segarra • Stefanie Chambers and Emily M. Farris
7. Carlos Giménez’s Conservative Reforms in Miami-­Dade County • ​Dario Moreno and Maria Ilcheva
8. Managing Fiscal Stress in Providence: The Election and Governance of Mayor Angel Taveras ​• ​Marion Orr, Domingo Morel, and Emily M. Farris

Part IV Latino Mayors, Urban Voters, and the American City
9. Latino Mayors and the Politics of the Postindustrial City • ​Marion Orr and Domingo Morel


About the Author(s)

Marion Orr is the Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Black Social Capital: The Politics of School Reform in Baltimore, 1986–1999; co-author of The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education; and editor of Transforming the City: Community Organizing and the Challenge of Political Change, among other books.

Domingo Morel is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark, and an affiliate member of Global Urban Studies and the Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Newark. He is co-founder of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and past president of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee.