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This engaging, up-to-date collection of original essays focuses on the continuing struggle for minorities to gain political power in American cities.
The essays included in this book were written specifically for this text by top urban scholars who have done extensive analysis of the development of urban policy in response to minority concerns. Each selection addresses a particular city's racially based electoral coalitions and leadership, as well as examining recent political changes, their impact, and future implications. Each essay also features the editors' successful “Political Incorporation Model” which provides a framework melding research on ethnic coalition with mobilization strategies and allows students to effectively compare one U.S. city to another.
I. PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIES.
Introduction: Can Black and Latinos Achieve Power in City Government? The Setting and the Issues.
1. Minority Mobilization in Ten Cities: Failures and Successes, Rufus P. Browning, Dale Rogers Marshall, and David H. Tabb.
II. BIRACIAL COALITIONS.
2. Post-Incorporation Politics in Los Angeles, Raphael J. Sonenshein.
3. Philadelphia's Evolving Biracial Coalition, Richard A. Keiser.
4. New York: Still the Great Anomaly, John H. Mollenkopf.
5. Chicago Politics: Political Incorporation and Restoration, Dianne Pinderhughes.
6. San Francisco: The Politics of Race, Land Use and Ideology, Richard Deleon.
IV. CLASS AND LEADERSHIP IN THE SOUTH.
7. Is Stong Incorporation Enough? Black Empowerment and the Fate of Atlanta's Low-Income Blacks, Michael Leo Owens and Michael J. Rich.
8. The Evolution and Impact of Biracial Coalitions and Black Mayors in Birmingham and New Orleans, Huey L. Perry.
9. The Struggle for Black Empowerment in Baltimore, Marion Orr.
10. Power without a Program: Hispanic Incorporation in Miami, Christopher L. Warren and Dario V. Moreno.
11. Latinos, Blocks, and Multi-Ethnic Politics in Denver: Realigning Power and Influence in the Struggle for Equality, Rodney Hero and Susan E. Clarke.
VI. STRATEGIES AND PROSPECTS.
12. Biracial and Multiethnic Coalitions in Big Cities: Why They Succeed, Why They Fail, Raphael J. Sonenshein.
13. Officeholding and Coalitions: Achievements, Limitations, Prospects, Rufus P. Browning, Dale Rogers Marshall, and David H. Tabb.