Legislators, Law And Public Policy

Legislators, Law And Public Policy

by Mary Coleman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313272719

ISBN-13: 9780313272714

Pub. Date: 01/30/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This book evaluates Mississippi politics since the pivotal 1978 Connor v. Johnson decision, which replaced multi-member legislative districts with single-member districts. Mary DeLorse Coleman examines how, after an arduous journey through the judicial system, this decision changed the profile of Mississippi politics from its domination by the agrarian elite to its

Overview

This book evaluates Mississippi politics since the pivotal 1978 Connor v. Johnson decision, which replaced multi-member legislative districts with single-member districts. Mary DeLorse Coleman examines how, after an arduous journey through the judicial system, this decision changed the profile of Mississippi politics from its domination by the agrarian elite to its integration by multi-racial representatives. The study issues a challenge to the legislature, formerly a stronghold of white leadership, to foster legislation which will erase racial and class divisions.

The analysis begins with a review of black politics from 1865 to 1986, followed by an in-depth account of the Connor litigation. Attention turns to the subsequent voting actions of the Mississippi legislature and what variables predict member voting. Although Mississippi politics is the book's primary topic, Coleman demonstrates how it serves as a touchstone from which to view politics throughout the deep South and Black politics in general. A bibliography and general subject index complete the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313272714
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1993
Series:
Contributions in Political Science Series, #26
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Analytical Approach

Black Politics and Political Change 1865 to 1986

The Connor Litigation 1964-1978

The Mississippi Legislature after Massive Resistance: Structural Continuities and Change

The Mississippi Legislature After Massive Resistance: Voting Continuities, Change and Ambivalence

Legislators' Attitudes in Mississippi and the South

Legislators' Attitudes: The Salience of Race Ambition and Election Status

The Bias of Political Change in Legislative Politics

Bibliography

Index

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