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Dry Bones Rattling

Author : Mark R. Warren
ISBN : 1400832047
Genre : Political Science
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Dry Bones Rattling offers the first in-depth treatment of how to rebuild the social capital of America's communities while promoting racially inclusive, democratic participation. The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) network in Texas and the Southwest is gaining national attention as a model for reviving democratic life in the inner city--and beyond. This richly drawn study shows how the IAF network works with religious congregations and other community-based institutions to cultivate the participation and leadership of Americans most left out of our elite-centered politics. Interfaith leaders from poor communities of color collaborate with those from more affluent communities to build organizations with the power to construct affordable housing, create job-training programs, improve schools, expand public services, and increase neighborhood safety. In clear and accessible prose, Mark Warren argues that the key to revitalizing democracy lies in connecting politics to community institutions and the values that sustain them. By doing so, the IAF network builds an organized, multiracial constituency with the power to advance desperately needed social policies. While Americans are most aware of the religious right, Warren documents the growth of progressive faith-based politics in America. He offers a realistic yet hopeful account of how this rising trend can transform the lives of people in our most troubled neighborhoods. Drawing upon six years of original fieldwork, Dry Bones Rattling proposes new answers to the problems of American democracy, community life, race relations, and the urban crisis.

Building The Judiciary

Author : Justin Crowe
ISBN : 9780691152936
Genre : Law
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How did the federal judiciary transcend early limitations to become a powerful institution of American governance? How did the Supreme Court move from political irrelevance to political centrality? Building the Judiciary uncovers the causes and consequences of judicial institution-building in the United States from the commencement of the new government in 1789 through the close of the twentieth century. Explaining why and how the federal judiciary became an independent, autonomous, and powerful political institution, Justin Crowe moves away from the notion that the judiciary is exceptional in the scheme of American politics, illustrating instead how it is subject to the same architectonic politics as other political institutions. Arguing that judicial institution-building is fundamentally based on a series of contested questions regarding institutional design and delegation, Crowe develops a theory to explain why political actors seek to build the judiciary and the conditions under which they are successful. He both demonstrates how the motivations of institution-builders ranged from substantive policy to partisan and electoral politics to judicial performance, and details how reform was often provoked by substantial changes in the political universe or transformational entrepreneurship by political leaders. Embedding case studies of landmark institution-building episodes within a contextual understanding of each era under consideration, Crowe presents a historically rich narrative that offers analytically grounded explanations for why judicial institution-building was pursued, how it was accomplished, and what--in the broader scheme of American constitutional democracy--it achieved.

Black And Blue

Author : Paul Frymer
ISBN : 0691134650
Genre : History
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In the 1930s, fewer than one in one hundred U.S. labor union members were African American. By 1980, the figure was more than one in five. Black and Blue explores the politics and history that led to this dramatic integration of organized labor. In the process, the book tells a broader story about how the Democratic Party unintentionally sowed the seeds of labor's decline. The labor and civil rights movements are the cornerstones of the Democratic Party, but for much of the twentieth century these movements worked independently of one another. Paul Frymer argues that as Democrats passed separate legislation to promote labor rights and racial equality they split the issues of class and race into two sets of institutions, neither of which had enough authority to integrate the labor movement. From this division, the courts became the leading enforcers of workplace civil rights, threatening unions with bankruptcy if they resisted integration. The courts' previously unappreciated power, however, was also a problem: in diversifying unions, judges and lawyers enfeebled them financially, thus democratizing through destruction. Sharply delineating the double-edged sword of state and legal power, Black and Blue chronicles an achievement that was as problematic as it was remarkable, and that demonstrates the deficiencies of race- and class-based understandings of labor, equality, and power in America.

Shaping Race Policy

Author : Robert C. Lieberman
ISBN : 1400837464
Genre : Social Science
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Shaping Race Policy investigates one of the most serious policy challenges facing the United States today: the stubborn persistence of racial inequality in the post-civil rights era. Unlike other books on the topic, it is comparative, examining American developments alongside parallel histories of race policy in Great Britain and France. Focusing on on two key policy areas, welfare and employment, the book asks why America has had such uneven success at incorporating African Americans and other minorities into the full benefits of citizenship. Robert Lieberman explores the historical roots of racial incorporation in these policy areas over the course of the twentieth century and explains both the relative success of antidiscrimination policy and the failure of the American welfare state to address racial inequality. He chronicles the rise and resilience of affirmative action, including commentary on the recent University of Michigan affirmative action cases decided by the Supreme Court. He also shows how nominally color-blind policies can have racially biased effects, and challenges the common wisdom that color-blind policies are morally and politically superior and that race-conscious policies are merely second best. Shaping Race Policy has two innovative features that distinguish it from other works in the area. First, it is comparative, examining American developments alongside parallel histories of race policy in Great Britain and France. Second, its argument merges ideas and institutions, which are usually considered separate and competing factors, into a comprehensive and integrated explanatory approach. The book highlights the importance of two factors--America's distinctive political institutions and the characteristic American tension between race consciousness and color blindness--in accounting for the curious pattern of success and failure in American race policy.

The Transformation Of American Politics

Author : Paul Pierson
ISBN : 069112258X
Genre : Political Science
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The contemporary American political landscape has been marked by two paradoxical transformations: the emergence after 1960 of an increasingly activist state, and the rise of an assertive and politically powerful conservatism that strongly opposes activist government. Leading young scholars take up these issues in The Transformation of American Politics. Arguing that even conservative administrations have become more deeply involved in managing our economy and social choices, they examine why our political system nevertheless has grown divided as never before over the extent to which government should involve itself in our lives. The contributors show how these two closely linked trends have influenced the reform and running of political institutions, patterns of civic engagement, and capacities for partisan mobilization--and fueled ever-heightening conflicts over the contours and reach of public policy. These transformations not only redefined who participates in American politics and how they do so, but altered the substance of political conflicts and the capacities of rival interests to succeed. Representing both an important analysis of American politics and an innovative contribution to the study of long-term political change, this pioneering volume reveals how partisan discourse and the relationship between citizens and their government have been redrawn and complicated by increased government programs. The contributors are Andrea Louise Campbell, Jacob S. Hacker, Nolan McCarty, Suzanne Mettler, Paul Pierson, Theda Skocpol, Mark A. Smith, Steven M. Teles, and Julian E. Zelizer.

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Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015058394381
Genre : American literature
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Author : George Soros
ISBN : 9789960545042
Genre : Political Science
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جنى جورج سوروس المليارات من خلال توقع التغيرات الزلزالية في الأسواق المالية، واستخدم هذه الأموال لمحاولة تغيير العالم. في هذا الكتاب، يجلب سوروس ذلك الالتزام إلى الموضوع الذي هجس في صدره منذ عام 2001: حالة الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. لا يعاين سوروس النواقص المهلكة والشروخ العميقة والعيوب الخطيرة في الإدارة الحالية فقط ـــ وعداؤه لها موثق توثيقا جيداً ـــ بل في النظرة الأمريكية الأوسع للعالم. «رجل الدولة الذي لا ينتمي إلى أي دولة»، ولا تكبحه الحاجة إلى تخفيف وتلطيف حدة رسالته لتناسب السياسة الحزبية، يقدم أقوى وأعمق وصف كتبه حتى الآن، ليبين كيف فقد البلد الذي يجب أن يكون بمثابة المنارة الهادية للحكم الرشيد في العالم، وجهته وضل اتجاهه، فصدق الأمريكيون بلاغتهم الخطابية الطنانة وأساطيرهم الخرافية الموهومة، في تحد سافر للحقائق التي ستشكل مستقبلهم. يصر سوروس بإلحاح على وجوب أن «تغير أمريكا موقفها بشكل جوهري». فإذا أرادت نقطة انطلاق، كما يقول، فمن الأفضل البدء بالتخلي عما يكمن ضمنا في الحرب على الإرهاب من «مشاعر الرضى والقناعة والسعادة»، والتبرؤ مما يحايثها من سوء فهم، وتأويلات خاطئة، واعتقادات مغلوطة. يتصدى جورج سوروس، وقد بلغ الخامسة والسبعين، بوضوح لا لبس فيه وعزم لا يلين للموضوعات الرئيسة في عصرنا الحالي: التهديدات والأخطار التي تدهم حضارتنا، مثل انتشار الأسلحة النووية، والاحتباس الحراري، والإرهاب، ومكافحة الإرهاب، وتفكك أواصر التعاون الدولي. في عصر اللاعصمة يفعل سوروس ذلك بأسلوب بليغ فياض بالمشاعر والحماس. العبيكان للنشر

Author : أوباما، باراك
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215744181
Genre : African Americans
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