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Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research$
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Daniel Béland and Robert Henry Cox

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736430.001.0001

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Ideas and Institutions in Race Politics

Ideas and Institutions in Race Politics

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Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Robert C. Lieberman

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the politics of race in the United States. It shows that neither ideas nor institutions form a sufficient basis for explaining the trajectory of American race policy and develops a more general critique of the common limitations of these two analytical modes. It offers an alternative framework for both ideas and institutions as necessary elements of the formation of political coalitions. It then deploys this framework to highlight both the powering and the puzzling at work in one of the most perplexing developments in American race politics in the late 20th century: the rise of affirmative action in employment.

Keywords:   American politics, race politics, race relations, affirmative action, institutions, ideas

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