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  1. Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)
    Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)
    Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)
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  2. Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives)

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Uneasy Alliances is a powerful challenge to how we think about the relationship between race, political parties, and American democracy. While scholars frequently claim that the need to win elections makes government officials responsive to any and all voters, Paul Frymer shows that not all groups are treated equally; politicians spend most of their time and resources on white swing voters--to the detriment of the African American community. As both parties try to attract white swing voters by distancing themselves from blacks, black voters are often ignored and left with unappealing alternatives. African Americans are thus the leading example of a "captured minority."

Frymer argues that our two-party system bears much of the blame for this state of affairs. Often overlooked in current discussions of racial politics, the party system represents a genuine form of institutional racism. Frymer shows that this is no accident, for the party system was set up in part to keep African American concerns off the political agenda. Today, the party system continues to restrict the political opportunities of African American voters, as was shown most recently when Bill Clinton took pains to distance himself from African Americans in order to capture conservative votes and win the presidency. Frymer compares the position of black voters with other social groups--gays and lesbians and the Christian right, for example--who have recently found themselves similarly "captured." Rigorously argued and researched, Uneasy Alliances is a powerful challenge to how we think about the relationship between black voters, political parties, and American democracy.

In a new afterword, Frymer examines the impact of Barack Obama's election on the delicate relationship between race and party politics in America.

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Country
USA
Author
Paul Frymer
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: Princeton University Press
EAN
9780691148014
Edition
With a New afterword by the author
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0691148015
Label
Princeton University Press
Manufacturer
Princeton University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
248
PublicationDate
2010-09-05
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Studio
Princeton University Press
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Prof. Frymer has written a book that many different audiences will find useful. Political scientists will appreciate his skill in demonstrating a counter-intuitive, and yet ultimately convincing, account of race and party politics. Those from other academic fields will be grateful for Frymer's decision to eschew political science jargon, and will find that the book makes contributions to our understanding of history and law. Finally, non-academics will find the book both accessible and informative. I highly recommend "Uneasy Alliances."
I took 4 classes that Prof. Frymer taught at UCLA and was quite impressed with his teaching methods. Prof. Frymer's book, I believe, eloquently summarizes what he tried to convey in those lectures. Written on the level as that of Lani Guinier's work, I hope that Prof. Frymer's book will be able to open the eyes of the typical politician who seems to be disconcerned with such issues and only to win big. Thank you Professor Frymer.
It is great that now everyone can see what a brilliant mind Paul Frymer is. I took three classes with him at UCLA and he really turned me onto American politics. He showed us what was wrong and how we could go about making it better. The focus was not here is what I think and you must like it, the structure allowed for free thought and contemplation. This is something that is obvious in his writing.
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