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The Congressional Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus
Racial Politics in the US Congress

Volume: 3

August 1997 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Congressional Black Caucus has grown both in size and in prominence in its short lifetime. Robert Singh considers the actual impact of the CBC on public policy in this new volume for the Contemporary American Politics series. Singh argues that while the CBC forcefully articulates the concerns of African Americans, it has not only proven an ineffective interest lobby for their issues, but has become increasingly irrelevant as a labor union for its own members. Drawing on extensive data, The Congressional Black Caucus provides the first coherent and balanced overview of both the electoral and institutional forces, which together shape the CBCÆs fortunes. The Congressional Black Caucus will be of considerable interest to scholars and students in the areas of legislative process, race and politics, public policy, and political sociology.

The Congressional Black Caucus
Three Perspectives on a Modern Representational Puzzle

Representation without Organization
Black Congressional Politics from Reconstruction to the Modern Era

Caucus Origins and Organization

CBC Activities, Role and Influence, 1971-1992
The Representational Environment
Black Congressional Politics at Home

The Institutional Environment
Black Congressional Politics on the Hill

From Isolation to Influence?
The CBC in the 103rd and 104th Congresses

The Black Caucus in the 1990s - Continuity and Change


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