Black Presidential Politics in America: A Strategic Approach by Ronald W. Walters

By Ronald W. Walters

This booklet focuses completely at the query of ways Blacks have used presidential elections to workout political impact. atmosphere forth the argument that Blacks use the electoral procedure another way from different teams to accomplish their social, political, and monetary targets, the paintings analyzes the strategies hired. It seems to be at Black participation within the politics of the primaries, celebration conventions, and the overall elections, exhibiting that what occurs is the results of either conventional behind-the-scenes bargaining (dependent leverage) and the more moderen direct access of Blacks into the presidential choice approach as applicants (independent leverage). Walters bargains with the main major themes in Black politics reports and electoral experiences regularly: the customers for Blacks in the Democratic celebration, the functionality of Black presidential candidacies, the self sustaining political move in presidential elections, the impression of conservatism on Black presidential ideas, and the function of Black elected officers in presidential politics. figuring out the actions and pursuits of key vote casting constituencies, equivalent to Blacks, permits one to appreciate the dynamics of yank presidential elections.

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The clear presumption of this pre-condition was that there was no permanent minority. 5 Since even though Blacks constitute nearly 15% of the American population, they are largely reduced to "strategic voting" for candidates who may often not represent their interests. This is not a problem peculiar to Blacks only, but given the depths of their historic alienation from society based on their near-permanent minority status it is considered here to be a more profound problem. Indeed, the source of the profundity of such alienation may be Page 4 understood by the fact that, because of their subordinate status, Blacks have often been part of a winning coalition in a presidential election, and even then, have not had their policy interests satisfied by subsequent presidential actions.

Then, my department has an outstanding collection of faculty in the Black Politics field, and I thank my colleagues and students for providing me with the sounding board to test many of these concepts. Finally, I have dedicated this work to my wife Pat, who also lived in her own way, many of the experiences to which I have referred, and who suffered my theoretical formulations, encouraged me to keep writing, and who read and helped to edit the final drafts. I will always be grateful for her dedication.

On the one hand, to advocate political involvement in institutions deliberately designed to disappoint and therefore lead possibly to alienation and withdrawal on the part of Blacks; on the other hand, to counsel non-participation and non-cooperation with no acceptable alternative and therefore lead possibly to a vacuum and alienation. 11 Although Hamilton suggests that this situation has been the historical setting for the challenges of Black electoral leadership, at no time were there more challenges than those presented by what Howard University Professor Rayford Logan has called "The Nadir," or that period at the turn of the century when the negative consensus on Black progress was reflected in the attitudes and activities of both major political parties.

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