Shaping Race Policy
The United States in Comparative Perspective
By (author) Robert C. Lieberman
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Shaping Race Policy by Robert C. Lieberman
Book DescriptionShaping Race Policy investigates one of the most serious policy challenges facing the United States today: the stubborn persistence of racial inequality in the post-civil rights era. Unlike other books on the topic, it is comparative, examining American developments alongside parallel histories of race policy in Great Britain and France. Focusing on on two key policy areas, welfare and employment, the book asks why America has had such uneven success at incorporating African Americans and other minorities into the full benefits of citizenship. Robert Lieberman explores the historical roots of racial incorporation in these policy areas over the course of the twentieth century and explains both the relative success of antidiscrimination policy and the failure of the American welfare state to address racial inequality. He chronicles the rise and resilience of affirmative action, including commentary on the recent University of Michigan affirmative action cases decided by the Supreme Court. He also shows how nominally color-blind policies can have racially biased effects, and challenges the common wisdom that color-blind policies are morally and politically superior and that race-conscious policies are merely second best. Shaping Race Policy has two innovative features that distinguish it from other works in the area. First, it is comparative, examining American developments alongside parallel histories of race policy in Great Britain and France. Second, its argument merges ideas and institutions, which are usually considered separate and competing factors, into a comprehensive and integrated explanatory approach. The book highlights the importance of two factors--America's distinctive political institutions and the characteristic American tension between race consciousness and color blindness--in accounting for the curious pattern of success and failure in American race policy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691130460
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 19-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert C. Lieberman
Oxford Handbook of American Political Development, Hardback (August 2016)
This volume provides an authoritative and accessible analysis of the study of American political development.
Shifting the Color Line, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by Robert C. Lieberman
Despite the substantial economic and political strides that African-Americans have made in the 20th century, welfare remains an issue that divides Americans by race. This text explores the historical and political roots of enduring racial conflict in welfare policy, beginning with the New Deal.
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Author Biography - Robert C. Lieberman
Robert C. Lieberman is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is the author of "Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State".
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