African Americans and the New Policy Consensus: Retreat of the Liberal State?

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collar, and professional workers, they are not distinguished from other special interest groups in this chapter. It is also acknowledged that unions, when ethnically constituted, also have abetted machine politics. Further, it is important to note that the negative connotations associated with special interest politics is a relatively recent phenomenon.
It is important to note that the city's shrinking tax base, deindustrialization, shifting demographics, and job loss also contributed to the erosion of legislators' abilities to earmark resources for their demographic constituencies.
For a comprehensive analysis of African Americans and patronage, see William Grimshaw , 1992.
See John J. Harrigan, 1985, pp. 5, 376-377; James L. Sundquist, Making Federalism Work: A Study of Program Coordination at the Community Level ( Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1969), pp. 3-5; and John A. Weicher, Urban Renewal: National Program for Local Problems ( Washington, D.C.: AEI, 1972), p. 6.
I do not mean to minimize the significant role that white voters also played in dismantling patronage here. See Shakman v. Democratic Organization of Cook County et al. The Shakman decree of 1972 prohibits the firing of local government employees on political grounds.
See Rufus Browning, Dale Marshall, and David Tabb, Racial Politics in American Cities ( New York: Longman, 1990); William Grimshaw, 1992; and Adolph Reed Jr. , Jesse Jackson Phenomenon ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986).


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