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Black EthnicsRace, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream$
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Christina M. Greer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989300.001.0001

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Union Leadership and Policy Choices

Union Leadership and Policy Choices

Trends in Neutral and Racial Government Policies

(p.113) Chapter 5 Union Leadership and Policy Choices
Black Ethnics

Christina M. Greer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 describes the extent to which racial and/or ethnic identity affect policy stances, and compares the responses from SSEU members with national data. The chapter provides evidence that the importance and impact of racial and ethnic identity affects political attitudes and policy beliefs dealing with social spending issues and broader immigration debates. I show that black ethnic groups within SSEU Local 371 exhibited similar attitudes toward government spending issues promoted by the union. There was even an element of racial cohesion regarding issues not promoted by the union leadership. However, black ethnics displayed compellingly distinct differences in opinion toward race-related spending issues. The results indicate that ethnicity does affect policy attitudes, but the evidence also describes a complex overlapping of identities—union, racial, and specific ethnic—when analyzing government spending issues.

Keywords:   Education, Government Spending, Issues, Racial Spending, Healthcare, Social Security, Defense, Aid

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