Power and Money

Writings about Politics, 1971-1987

Author: Thomas Byrne Edsall

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393306156

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

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Discusses political upheavals in city, state, and federal government, with emphasis on the effect of campaign funds and the changing patterns of income growth and distribution on American politics

Uneasy Partners

Big Business in American Politics, 1945-1990

Author: Kim McQuaid

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801846526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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position in the world economy.

Eugene McCarthy

The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism

Author: Dominic Sandbrook

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307425775

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Eugene McCarthy was one of the most fascinating political figures of the postwar era: a committed liberal anti-Communist who broke with his party’s leadership over Vietnam and ultimately helped take down the political giant Lyndon B. Johnson. His presidential candidacy in 1968 seized the hearts and fired the imaginations of countless young liberals; it also presaged the declining fortunes of liberalism and the rise of conservatism over the past three decades. Dominic Sandbrook traces Eugene McCarthy’s rise to prominence and his subsequent failures, and makes clear how his story embodies the larger history of American liberalism over the last half century. We see McCarthy elected from Minnesota to the House and then to the Senate, part of a new liberal movement that combined New Deal domestic policies and fierce Cold War hawkishness, a consensus that produced huge electoral victories until it was shattered by the war in Vietnam. As the situation in Vietnam escalated, many liberals, like McCarthy, found themselves increasingly estranged from the anti-Communism that they had supported for nearly two decades. Sandbrook recounts McCarthy’s growing opposition to President Johnson and his policies, which culminated in McCarthy’s stunning near-victory in the New Hampshire presidential primary and Johnson’s subsequent withdrawal from the race. McCarthy went on to lose the nomination to Hubert Humphrey at the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which secured his downfall and led to Richard Nixon’s election, but he had pulled off one of the greatest electoral upsets in American history, one that helped shape the political landscape for decades. These were tumultuous times in American politics, and Sandbrook vividly captures the drama and historical significance of the period through his intimate portrait of a singularly interesting man at the center of it all.

The New Encyclopedia of American Scandal

Author: George C. Kohn

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438130228

Category: Scandals

Page: 455

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Covering people and events from the 1630s to the present day, this reference offers 455 entries on such topics as dirty politics, white-collar scams, botched cover-ups, tawdry love affairs, and despicable acts of corruption.

The Lobbyists

How Influence Peddlers Work Their Way in Washington

Author: Jeffrey Birnbaum

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0804152306

Category: Political Science

Page: 334

View: 9301

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum's The Lobbyists exposes the world of Washington's most influential players -- the more than eighty thousand who descend upon our national government, informing and bartering with Congress and blocking legislation on behalf of the richest business interests in the country. This acclaimed work -- now with a new introduction that analyzes the changes in lobbying in 1990s -- provides a shocking view of how our government really works.

Black social capital

the politics of school reform in Baltimore, 1986-1998

Author: Marion Orr

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 241

View: 8361

Deindustrialization, white flight, and inner city poverty have spelled trouble for Baltimore schools. Marion Orr now examines why school reform has been difficult to achieve there, revealing the struggles of civic leaders and the limitations placed on Baltimore's African-American community as each has tried to rescue a failing school system.Examining the interplay between government and society, Orr presents the first systematic analysis of social capital both within the African-American community ("black social capital") and outside it where social capital crosses racial lines. Orr shows that while black social capital may have created solidarity against white domination in Baltimore, it hampered African-American leaders' capacity to enlist the cooperation from white corporate elites and suburban residents needed for school reform.Orr examines social capital at the neighborhood level, in elite-level interactions, and in intergovernmental relations to argue that black social capital doesn'tnecessarily translate into the kind of intergroup coalition needed to bring about school reform. He also includes an extensive historical survey of the black community, showing how distrust engendered by past black experiences has hampered the formation of significant intergroup social capital.The book features case studies of school reform activity, including the first analysis of the politics surrounding Baltimore's decision to hire a private, for profit firm to operate nine of its public schools. These cases illuminate the paradoxical aspects of black social capital in citywide school reform while offering critical perspectives on current debates about privatization, site-basedmanagement, and other reform alternatives.Orr's book challenges those who argue that social capital alone can solve fundamentally political problems by purely social means and questions the efficacy of either privatization or black

Constitutional Law: Civil rights and civil liberties

Author: James Carl Foster,Susan M. Leeson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780135687598

Category: Law

Page: 1184

View: 7543

This is Volume II of a two volume edition of Constitutional Law: Cases in Context. The focus is on civil liberties. Always uses the political, social, and historical context from which a case developed.

Money Talks

Corporate Pacs and Political Influence

Author: Dan Clawson

Publisher: Basic Books


Category: Business and politics

Page: 272

View: 9090

Takes a behind-the-scenes look at what political action committees want from Congress, and how they go about getting it


Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

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The Atlantic

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Current events

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Sleepwalking Through History

America in the Reagan Years

Author: Haynes Johnson

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385422598

Category: History

Page: 538

View: 4975

A look at the influence of eight years of Ronald Reagan's conservative administration discusses the rise in poverty, unemployment, environmental disasters, illiteracy, and more. Reprint. 45,000 first printing.

Coining Corruption

The Making of the American Campaign Finance System

Author: Kurt Hohenstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780875803777

Category: History

Page: 310

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In the wake of Watergate, Congress passed the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) in an effort to prevent the corruption of future elections. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), defined corruption as quid pro quo—“get for giving”—meaning Congress could only regulate the kind of corruption that had occurred if a campaign contributor received political favors from the candidate. This definition has since shaped and limited efforts at campaign finance reform, often with ironic and unintended consequences. By shifting the focus to the source and amount of contributions, the justices in the Buckley decision ignored disparities in funding and the resulting ability of particular candidates to dominate communication channels. In Coining Corruption, legal and political historian Kurt Hohenstein provides a hitherto untold story about the successes and limitations of political reform. From 1876 until 1976, lawmakers and courts permitted regulation that potentially infringed upon freedom of speech: they understood corruption as the conversion of economic power into political power. In their view, corruption existed if a candidate's unfettered campaign spending overwhelmed other voices and limited real deliberation. Yet, as Hohenstein shows, Buckley's limited “quid pro quo” definition ignores these considerations. Following the evolution of the campaign finance system through the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001 and the Supreme Court's decisions in McConnell v. FEC (2001) and Landell v. Sorrell (2006), Hohenstein calls for a return to a broad, historical understanding of corruption. American democracy demands regulation of the sources and amounts of campaign funding in order to prevent a monopoly on the vehicles of political debate. Those interested in reform politics, public policy, constitutional history, and Congress will appreciate this groundbreaking study.

Sociological Abstracts


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

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Humanity & Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sociology

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Forthcoming Books

Author: R.R. Bowker Company

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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