By Ronald W. Walters
This ebook focuses completely at the query of the way Blacks have used presidential elections to workout political effect. surroundings forth the argument that Blacks use the electoral procedure otherwise from different teams to accomplish their social, political, and monetary pursuits, the paintings analyzes the strategies hired. It appears to be like at Black participation within the politics of the primaries, get together conventions, and the final elections, displaying that what occurs is the results of either conventional behind-the-scenes bargaining (dependent leverage) and the more moderen direct access of Blacks into the presidential choice technique as applicants (independent leverage). Walters offers with the main major themes in Black politics stories and electoral stories as a rule: the clients for Blacks in the Democratic social gathering, the functionality of Black presidential candidacies, the self sufficient political flow in presidential elections, the influence of conservatism on Black presidential ideas, and the function of Black elected officers in presidential politics. figuring out the actions and ambitions of key balloting constituencies, resembling Blacks, permits one to appreciate the dynamics of yank presidential elections.
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Although I did, at times, select and maintain one role exclusively, I believe that just as the exposure to actual political events has helped to enrich my theoretical observations, my academic productivity was also useful in the technical roles I have played in various political settings. Thus, this work is not that of a ''detached" scholar, but rather one of a committed scholar who also believes that truth is possible to attain from within a social phenomenon as well as from a distance. For example, I was involved in the Gary convention of 1972 as a member of the Platform Committee, eventually helping to draft the "Agenda," indeed, helping to draft many national Black agendas up until 1984.
Title. II. Series. ) 10 9 8 7 6 5 To Pat For her help in making these experiences and the book realities. Contents Tables and Figures ix Preface xi 1. The Evolution of Black Electoral Theory Introduction 1 The Black Electoral System: Dependent-and Independent-Leverage 19 Conclusion 24 2. The Balance of Power and Dependent-Leverage Introduction 27 Demographics 36 The New Movement 42 Conclusion 49 3. The Strategy of Political Integration Introduction 52 The Struggle for Inclusion 53 The National Party 65 The Primaries 68 The Conventions 73 Conclusion 83 4.
16 Equally important, despite their exclusion, Blacks gave every indication that they were determined to continue to utilize presidential politics as an instrument of race advancement and thus faced the complex question of how, under the circumstances, to make the greatest impact with their votes. To have fully utilized the opportunity for all (available) eligible Blacks to vote would not have had the desired strategic impact because of the massive disenfranchisement; moreover, they saw that the major parties were not responsive to their public policy concerns.