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The Reagan presidency and the politics of race : in pursuit of colorblind justice and limited government /
Nicholas Laham.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
description
xv, 240 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0275961826 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
isbn
0275961826 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2410439
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-232 and index.
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Long Description
Laham analyzes perhaps the most politically controversial element of Reagan's conservative agenda, involving his attempt to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws. The book focuses on the major initiatives Reagan pursued in his attempt to curb enforcement of those laws: first, his efforts to reform affirmative action by prohibiting mandatory employer use of minority and white female hiring goals, and second, his veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act. Reagan's academic critics argue that the president was politically motivated in his efforts to curtail federal enforcement of civil rights laws by his desire to appeal for the support of working-class whites, many of whom harbor racial resentments against minorities. Reagan's historical reputation suffers from his attempt to curb enforcement of those laws, which has fostered charges by his critics that he was cynical and manipulative, though outwardly pleasant and likable; a president who shamelessley played the race card for his own political gain. Laham challenges the conventional notion that Reagan was an ardent practitioner of the politics of racial division. Rather, he argues that Reagan's civil rights policy was determined by his philosophical commitment to colorblind justice and limited government, two core principles of his conservative agenda. This is a controversial survey important to students and scholars of contemporary American politics, public policy, and race relations.
Unpaid Annotation
Laham argues that Reagan's civil rights policy was determined not by any political desire the president may have had to play the race card, but rather by his own commitment to colorblind justice and limited government, two core principles of his conservative agenda.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Racep. 1
The Politics of Affirmative Action during the Reagan Administrationp. 17
The Reagan Administration Considers Reforms in Affirmative Actionp. 19
The Political Backlash against Reagan's Efforts to Reform Affirmative Actionp. 33
Reagan's Commitment to Colorblind Lawp. 73
Conservative Interest Groups Mobilize against Affirmative Actionp. 93
Why Reagan Failed to Reform Affirmative Actionp. 121
The Politics of the Grove City Decision and the Civil Rights Restoration Actp. 133
The Battle over the Civil Rights Restoration Act Beginsp. 135
Congress Passes the Civil Rights Restoration Actp. 151
Congress Overrides Reagan's Veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Actp. 173
Ronald Reagan: Playing the Race Card or Pursuing Colorblind Justice and Limited Government?p. 195
Ronald Reagan: Practitioner of the Politics of Racial Division or Advocate of Colorblind Justice and Limited Government?p. 197
Notesp. 217
Selected Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 233
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