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Race and Authority in Urban Politics: Community Relations and the War on Poverty
by David Greenstone and Paul E. Peterson
University of Chicago Press, 1976
Paper: 978-0-226-30713-8
Library of Congress Classification HC110.P63G73 1976
Dewey Decimal Classification 301.3630973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this penetrating book, the authors provide a systematic empirical analysis of an important public policy issue—citizen participation in the Community Action Program of the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty." This Phoenix edition includes a new introduction in which the authors explicate the most important themes in their analysis.

In a series of lively chapters, Greenstone and Peterson show how the coalitions that formed around the community action question developed not out of electoral or organizational interests alone but were strongly influenced by prevailing conceptions of the nature of authority in America. The book stresses the way in which both machine and reform structures affected the ability of minority groups to organize effectively and to form alliances in urban politics. It considers the wide-ranging critiques made of the Community Action Program by conservative, liberal, and radical analysts and finds that all of them fail to appreciate the significance and intensity of the racial cleavage in American politics.

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