Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court

Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court

by Rosalee Clawson, Eric Waltenburg
     
 

"Thoroughly grounded in the latest scholarly literature, theoretical sources, and experimental results, Legacy and Legitimacy substantially advances understanding of Black Americans' attitudes toward the Supreme Court, the Court's ability to influence Blacks' opinions about the legitimacy of public institutions and policies, and the role of media in shaping Blacks'… See more details below

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"Thoroughly grounded in the latest scholarly literature, theoretical sources, and experimental results, Legacy and Legitimacy substantially advances understanding of Black Americans' attitudes toward the Supreme Court, the Court's ability to influence Blacks' opinions about the legitimacy of public institutions and policies, and the role of media in shaping Blacks' judgments." "Drawing on legitimacy theory - which explains the acceptance of or tolerance for controversial policies - the authors begin by reexamining the significance of "diffuse support" in establishing legitimacy. They provide a useful overview of the literature on legitimacy and a concise history of the special relationship between Blacks and the Court. They investigate the influences of group attitudes and media "framing." And they employ data from large-scale surveys to show that Blacks with greater levels of diffuse support for the Court are more likely to adopt positions consistent with Court rulings." With its broad scope and inclusion of new experimental findings, Legacy and Legitimacy will interest students and scholars of judicial politics, racial politics, media and politics, black studies and public opinion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592139033
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Vision Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 
1. Legitimacy and American Democracy 
2. Blacks, Civil Rights, and the Supreme Court 
3. Establishing the Supreme Court's Legitimizing Capacity 
4. Different Presses, Different Frames: Black and Mainstream Press Coverage of a Supreme Court Decision 
5. Media Framing and the Supreme Court's Legitimizing Capacity 
6. The Supreme Court's Legitimizing Capacity among African Americans: Support for Capital Punsihment and Affirmative Action 
7. The Casual Relationship between Public Opinion toward the Court and Its Policies: The University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases 
8. Conclusion 
Appendix A: Stimulus for Legitimacy Experiment 
Appendix B: List of Black Newspapers 
Appendix C: Stimulus for Media Framing Experiment 
Appendix D: Question Wording for Media Framing Experiment 
Appendix E: Blacks and the U.S. Supreme Court Survey 
Notes 
Reference 
Index

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