African American Power and Politics: The Political Context Variable / Edition 1

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The first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Reagan revolution on African-American political life, this book explores the ways in which conservative elites mobilized the American public around issues of race as ideology, discourse, strategy, and political elections from the Reagan victory of 1980 to the Republican congressional triumphs of 1994. The book also critically assesses the Clinton administration's record on race and the Democratic party response to affirmative action, welfare, and other aspects of the African-American political agenda.

Recipient of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists Book Award, 1998

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Ron Brown
A timely and much needed empirical investigation of African American politics. Hanes Walton, Jr. exposes us to studies of African American political life during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton presidencies that focus not just on presidential politics but also on congressional races, the Clarence Thomas nomination, and black mobilization in the foreign policy domain. The book trenchantly demonstrates how race structures determine and even constrain the political choices of black and white political elites and voters. For anyone seeking to understand how the political theater of race is played out, this is a must read.
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HANES WALTON, JR. is professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction: The 104th Congress - The Perspective of the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus
Prologue: The Conceptualization of a Variable
1 Overview 1
2 The Political Context Variable: The Transformation Politics of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Presidencies 9
3 African American Politics: A Case Study Methodological Approach 41
4 African American Race Relations Politics: The Failure of Empirical Methodology 52
5 African American Politics and the Constitution: Neoconservative, Neoliberal, and African American Conservative Theories of Constitutional Inequality 77
6 African American Political Culture: The Moral Voice and Perspective in the Recent Urban Riots 93
7 African American Political Socialization: The Protest Resignations of Councilpersons Jerome Woody and Renee Baker 113
8 African American Political Opinion: Volatility in the Reagan-Bush Era 135
9 African American Pressure Group Politics: The Reformulation of a Reply Brief to the Supreme Court by J. Clay Smith, Jr., Robert Goodwin, and Elias Blake 154
10 An African American Grass Roots Political Campaign: Campaign Manager Richard Smiley and Candidate Barbara J. Mobley 176
11 The African American Republican Vote in a Southern Mayoral Election 192
12 African American Republican Partisanship: Alignment and Dealignment 208
13 African American Political Party Conversion: The Impact of the Clarence Thomas Nomination on the Party Partisanship of the Residents of his Hometown 224
14 Southern Comfort: The Impact of David Duke's Campaigns on African American Politics 238
15 African American Republican Congressional Candidates and Money: The Role of the Republican Party PACs 252
16 African American Female Senatorial Candidates: Twin Assets or Double Liabilities? 264
17 African Americans, H. Ross Perot, and Image Politics: The Nature of African American Third-Party Politics 282
18 An African American Presidential Candidate: The Failed Presidential Campaign of Governor L. Douglas Wilder 294
19 African Americans and the Clinton Presidency: Political Appointments as Social Justice 313
20 African Americans and the Resurgent Republican Congress: The Duality of Transformation 323
21 African American Mayors and National Urban Policy: The Fiscal Politics of Urban Federalism 341
22 African American Foreign Policy: From Decolonization to Democracy 352
23 African Americans, Political Context, and the Clinton Presidency: The Legacy of the Past in the Future 373
Notes 379
Bibliography 427
List of Contributors 451
Index 457
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