Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama Era Chicago Studies in American Politics

University of Chicago Press - Regrettably, the reality hasn’t lived up to that expectation. Some people even displayed more positive feelings toward Obama’s dog, Bo, when they were told he belonged to Ted Kennedy. These range from people’s evaluations of prominent politicians and the parties to issues seemingly unrelated to race like assessments of public policy or objective economic conditions.

Instead, americans’ political beliefs have become significantly more polarized by racial considerations than they had been before Obama’s presidency—in spite of his administration’s considerable efforts to neutralize the political impact of race. Michael tesler shows how, in the years that followed the 2008 election—a presidential election more polarized by racial attitudes than any other in modern times—racial considerations have come increasingly to influence many aspects of political decision making.

Post-Racial or Most-Racial?: Race and Politics in the Obama Era Chicago Studies in American Politics - . More broadly, tesler argues that the rapidly intensifying influence of race in American politics is driving the polarizing partisan divide and the vitriolic atmosphere that has come to characterize American politics. One of the most important books on american racial politics in recent years, Post-Racial or Most-Racial? is required reading for anyone wishing to understand what has happened in the United States during Obama’s presidency and how it might shape the country long after he leaves office.

When barack obama won the presidency, many posited that we were entering into a post-racial period in American politics.





Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

Princeton University Press - And even though trump’s many controversies helped Clinton maintain a comfortable lead for most of the campaign, the prediction of a close election became reality when Americans cast their votes. Identity crisis reveals how trump’s victory was foreshadowed by changes in the Democratic and Republican coalitions that were driven by people’s racial and ethnic identities.

Early on, the fundamental characteristics predicted an extremely close election. The result was an epic battle not just for the White House but about what America is and should be. The campaign then reinforced and exacerbated those cleavages as it focused on issues related to race, immigration, and religion.

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America - A gripping, in-depth account of the 2016 presidential election that explains Donald Trump’s historic victoryDonald Trump’s election victory stunned the world. How did he pull it off? was it his appeal to alienated voters in the battleground states? Was it Hillary Clinton and the scandals associated with her long career in politics? Were key factors already in place before the nominees were even chosen? Identity Crisis provides a gripping account of the campaign that appeared to break all the political rules—but in fact didn’t.

Identity crisis takes readers from the bruising primaries to an election night whose outcome defied the predictions of the pollsters and pundits. The book shows how fundamental characteristics of the nation and its politics—the state of the economy, the Obama presidency, and the demographics of the political parties—combined with the candidates’ personalities and rhetoric to produce one of the most unexpected presidencies in history.





Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics

Cambridge University Press - In red fighting Blue, David A. The widening geographic gap in voters' partisan preferences, candidate strategy, as magnified further by winner-take-all electoral rules, has rendered most of the nation safe territory for either Democratic or Republican candidates in both presidential and congressional elections - with significant consequences for party competition, and the operation of government.

. The national electoral map has split into warring regional bastions of Republican red and Democratic blue, producing a deep and enduring partisan divide in American politics. Hopkins places the current partisan and electoral era in historical context, explains how the increased salience of social issues since the 1980s has redefined the parties' geographic bases of support, and reveals the critical role that American political institutions play in intermediating between the behavior of citizens and the outcome of public policy-making.





The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America

Cambridge University Press - However, demography is not destiny. In the turnout Gap, Bernard L. These gaps persist not because of socioeconomics or voter suppression, but because minority voters have limited influence in shaping election outcomes. The turnout gap shows that when politicians engage the minority electorate, the power of the vote can win.

. Fraga offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in voter turnout. As fraga demonstrates, voters turn out at higher rates when their votes matter; despite demographic change, in most elections and most places, minorities are less electorally relevant than Whites.

The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America - Examining voting for whites, african americans, and Asian Americans from the 1800s to the present, Latinos, Fraga documents persistent gaps in turnout and shows that elections are increasingly unrepresentative of the wishes of all Americans. It is up to politicians, parties, and citizens themselves to mobilize the potential of all Americans.





The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility Studies in Postwar American Political Development

Oxford University Press - Finally, the outrage industry examines how these shows sour our own political lives, exacerbating anxieties about political talk and collaboration in our own communities. But perhaps what was most notable about the incident was that it wasn't unusual. Drawing from a rich base of evidence, this book forces all of us to consider the negative consequences that flow from our increasingly hyper-partisan political media.

They then investigate the impact of outrage rhetoric-which stigmatizes cooperation and brands collaboration and compromise as weak-on a contemporary political landscape that features frequent straight-party voting in Congress. Berry and sarah sobieraj show how the proliferation of outrage-the provocative, technological, and cultural changes, hyperbolic style of commentary delivered by hosts like Ed Schultz, and Sean Hannity- says more about regulatory, Bill O'Reilly, than it does about our political inclinations.

The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility Studies in Postwar American Political Development - Berry and sobieraj tackle the mechanics of outrage rhetoric, exploring its various forms such as mockery, audience flattery, emotional display, fear mongering, and conspiracy theories. From limbaugh's venomous attacks on Fluke to liberal radio host Mike Malloy's suggestion that Bill O'Reilly "drink a vat of poison.

. And choke to death, " over-the-top discourse in today's political opinion media is pervasive.





The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States

Basic Books - In this revised and updated edition, keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack Obama. The right to vote is a sweeping reinterpretation of American political history as well as a meditation on the meaning of democracy in contemporary American life.

. Originally published in 2000, the right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century.





The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism

Ecco - For clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. The clinton/gingrich battles were bare-knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns—their collisions had far-reaching political consequences.

But the ’90s were not just about them. Kornacki writes about mario cuomo’s stubborn presence around clinton’s 1992 campaign; hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others.

The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism - With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape. From msnbc correspondent steve kornacki, a lively and sweeping history of the birth of political tribalism in the 1990s—one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape from Clinton to TrumpIn The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices.





The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Vintage - In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. He shows why liberals, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, conservatives, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.

New york times bestseller   in this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” The New York Times Book Review social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion - If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.





Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration Studies in Postwar American Political Development

Oxford University Press - As dagan and teles show, outsiders can assist in this process - and they played a crucial role in the case of criminal justice - but they cannot manufacture it. Prison population eclipsed international records. Over the last few years, conservatives in Washington, D. C. As dagan and teles stress, there is also a broader lesson in this story about the conditions for cross-party cooperation in our polarized age.

American conservatism rose hand-in-hand with the growth of mass incarceration. For decades, conservatives deployed "tough on crime" rhetoric to attack liberals as out-of-touch elitists who coddled criminals while the nation spiraled toward disorder. These forces set the stage for a small cadre of conservative leaders to reframe criminal justice in terms of redeeming wayward souls and rolling back government.

Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration Studies in Postwar American Political Development - These developments have created the potential to significantly reduce mass incarceration, but only if reformers on both the right and the left play their cards right. In a challenge to the conventional wisdom, over-shadowed by Republicans' increasing anti-statism, they argue that the fiscal pressures brought on by recession are only a small part of the explanation for the conservatives' shift, the waning efficacy of "tough on crime" politics and the increasing engagement of evangelicals.

And in bright-red states like Georgia and Texas, have reversed course, and are now leading the charge to curb prison growth. Indeed, expanding the number of Americans under lock and key was long a point of pride for politicians on the right - even as the U.





Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity

University of Chicago Press - Political polarization in America is at an all-time high, and the conflict has moved beyond disagreements about matters of policy. This is polarization rooted in social identity, and it is growing. Bringing together theory from political science and social psychology, Uncivil Agreement clearly describes this increasingly “social” type of polarization in American politics and will add much to our understanding of contemporary politics.

Although the polarizing effects of social divisions have simplified our electoral choices and increased political engagement, on balance, they have not been a force that is, helpful for American democracy. She argues that group identifications have changed the way we think and feel about ourselves and our opponents.

For the first time in more than twenty years, research has shown that members of both parties hold strongly unfavorable views of their opponents. The campaign and election of donald trump laid bare this fact of the American electorate, its successful rhetoric of “us versus them” tapping into a powerful current of anger and resentment.

Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity - With uncivil agreement, and cultural lines, religious, Lilliana Mason looks at the growing social gulf across racial, which have recently come to divide neatly between the two major political parties. Even when democrats and republicans can agree on policy outcomes, they tend to view one other with distrust and to work for party victory over all else.





The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment

Princeton University Press - Together, these essays suggest that Obama's central paradox is that, despite effective policymaking, he failed to receive credit for his many achievements and wasn't a party builder. Provocatively, they ask why Obama didn't unite Democrats and progressive activists to fight the conservative counter-tide as it grew stronger.

Engaging and deeply informed, the Presidency of Barack Obama is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand Obama and the uncertain aftermath of his presidency. Contributors include sarah coleman, risa goluboff, michael kazin, julian zelizer, thomas sugrue, Paul Starr, Eric Rauchway, Richard Schragger, Gary Gerstle, Timothy Stewart-Winter, Meg Jacobs, Jeremi Suri, Peniel Joseph, Matthew Lassiter, Kathryn Olmsted, Jacob Dlamini, and Jonathan Zimmerman.

The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment - In the presidency of barack obama, Julian Zelizer gathers leading American historians to put President Obama and his administration into political and historical context. These writers offer strikingly original assessments of the big issues that shaped the Obama years, the environment, education, the financial crisis, Iraq and Afghanistan, drugs, including the conservative backlash, immigration, health care, counterterrorism, gay rights, race, crime, and urban policy.

But by his second term, republicans controlled Congress, after the 2016 presidential election, and, Obama's legacy and the health of the Democratic Party itself appeared in doubt. An original and engaging account of the obama years from a group of leading political historiansBarack Obama's election as the first African American president seemed to usher in a new era, and he took office in 2009 with great expectations.