Diversity and Citizen Participation: The Effect of Race on Juror Decision Making

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marian Williams Ph.D., Professor & Assistant Chairperson (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Juries rarely receive attention in public administration despite the explicitly “public” nature of their function and the determinative nature of their decision making. Applying the theoretical construct of public participation to jury decision making, we find that Black defendants are less likely to be convicted by juries composed of a higher percentage of Black jurors and are more likely to be convicted by juries composed of a higher percentage of White and Hispanic jurors. Thus, analysis of public participation must account for the relative inclusivity and diversity of participants as this will likely affect the output of the process. In short, diversity matters in public participation.

Additional Information

Bradbury, M. D., & Williams, Marian R. (2013). Diversity and citizen participation: The effect of race on juror decision making. Administration & Society, 45(5), 563-582. Version of record available from Sage Publications. [ISSN: 00953997]
Language: English
Date: 2013
citizen participation, diversity, jury, race

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