Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Political Science - 343 pages
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They have come to intersect with an entire range of domestic issues, from welfare policy to suburban zoning practices. In an explosive chain reaction, a new conservative voting majority has replaced the once-dominant Democratic presidential coalition, and a new polarization has pitted major segments of society against one another. How did this massive power shift occur? Thomas Byrne Edsall of The Washington Post and Mary D. Edsall provide answers in this compelling analysis, cited by Newsweek as "one of the book[s] that shape[d] the debate" in the 1992 presidential campaign.
 

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CHAIN REACTION: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

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An incisive analysis from Washington Post journalist Edsall (The New Politics of Inequality, 1984) of the political equivalent of a continental drift: the electoral realignment in which Republicans ... Read full review

Chain reaction: the impact of race, rights, and taxes on American politics

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For readers who wonder why Democratic coalitions have failed to retain control of the White House in recent elections, the Edsalls show how race, the civil rights decisions of the 1950s, 1960s, and ... Read full review

Contents

Building a TopDown Coalition
3
A Pivotal Year
32
The Fraying Consensus
47
The Nixon Years
74
The Conservative Ascendance
99
The Tax Revolt
116
Race Rights and Party Choice
137
A Conservative Policy Majority
154
The Reagan Attack on Race Liberalism
172
Groups Taxes Big
198
White Suburbs and a Divided Black
215
The Stakes
256
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