The Congressional Black Caucus: Racial Politics in the US Congress / Edition 1

The Congressional Black Caucus: Racial Politics in the US Congress / Edition 1

by Robert Singh
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ISBN-10:
0761902805
ISBN-13:
9780761902805
Pub. Date:
08/26/1997
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
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The Congressional Black Caucus: Racial Politics in the US Congress / Edition 1

The history and influence of the Congressional Black Caucus is the theme of this book. The author demonstrates that the organization has successfully articulated the concerns of African Americans, but has only had a marginal impact on public policy. He shows that the increased membership of the Caucus has added considerable internal obstacles to the ever present external obstacles which have always constrained their power.

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ISBN-13: 9780761902805
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/26/1997
Series: Contemporary American Politics Series , #3
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

The Congressional Black Caucus
Three Perspectives on a Modern Representational Puzzle
Representation without Organization
Black Congressional Politics from Reconstruction to the Modern Era
The CBC
Caucus Origins and Organization
CBC Activities, Role and Influence, 1971-1992
The Representational Environment
Black Congressional Politics at Home
The Institutional Environment
Black Congressional Politics on the Hill
From Isolation to Influence?
The CBC in the 103rd and 104th Congresses
Conclusion
The Black Caucus in the 1990s - Continuity and Change

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A sharp and overall critical view of the Congressional Black Caucus. Singh describes its history as a by-now well established caucus. While formally non-partisan, it has been strongly Democratic, with only an occasionaly Republican member. Singh goes into the group's strategies and their effectiveness. In the context of the overall Federal legislature, the CBC has had limited effect. Singh argues that in large part, their policies were far to the left of most members, even Democrats. This has led to them being marginalised on many issues. He maintains a dispassionate tone over these events. He does not advocate or oppose any particular action by the CBC. Rather, he focuses on how that action came to being, and its effects.