Black Atlantic Politics: Dilemmas of Political Empowerment in Boston and Liverpool

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SUNY Press, Aug 3, 2000 - Political Science - 344 pages
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This first comprehensive comparative study of Black politics focuses on American and British settings--Boston and Liverpool. The author argues that Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic face a host of social, economic, and political constraints produced by hierarchical racial systems that promote White dominance and Black subordination.
Built on a strong historical foundation and on interviews with over 150 political activists, academicians, politicians, and public administrators, this study examines some of the most important issues in the field of urban politics: the mobilization of bias in the political system, race and class constraints on the exercise of political influence, the impact of racial and political ideologies on the external policy environment, dilemmas associated with the mobilization of minority leadership, Black electoral strategies and political participation, the social consequences of urban regeneration, urban riots, school desegregation, the development of effective Black political resources, and conflict and cooperation in the internal politics of the Black community.
 

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Contents

A Tale of Two Cities
29
Neighborhood Settlement
42
City Governance and Black Political
63
The Search
87
Strategic Dimensions of Black
105
Resource Mobilization and Black Political
133
Local Governance and Black
165
The Toxteth Riots and the Race Policy
197
Political Strategies and Political
237
Linkage Politics and Political Resources
261
The Comparative
285
Notes
305
Index
333
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William E. Nelson Jr. is Research Professor of African American and African Studies and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. He is coauthor (with Philip Meranto) of Electing Black Mayors: Political Action in the Black Community.

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