Race and party competition in Britain

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1989 - Social Science - 200 pages
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Few subjects in the postwar period have raised as many important questions about the condition of British society as the issue of race. Yet since its emergence as a salient public concern in the 1950s, party political discussion of race has been rare. This book focuses on the politics of race in Britain since 1958. Messina links the Conservative and Labour parties' neglect of race to the requirements and patterns of party interaction engendered by the postwar political consensus, examines the bipartisan efforts to keep race off the political agenda, and the public protests these moves generated. He also considers the renewal of party competition on race in the 1980s and its implications for nonwhite political representation in the years to come.

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Contents

Political Consensus and the Depoliticization of Race
21
The Role of Community
53
EthnicMinority Representation and LocalParty
79
The Repoliticization of Race
126
Labours NonWhite Constituency
150
Conclusions
178
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About the author (1989)

Anthony M. Messina is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Race and Party Competition in Britain and is the editor of several books, including most recently (with Robert M. Fishman) The Year of the Euro: The Cultural, Political and Social Import of Europe's Common Currency. He has also written articles published in Journal of Common Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies, Policy Studies Journal, The Review of Politics, West European Politics, World Politics, and other scholarly journals and anthologies.

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