This edited collection describes and discusses the advances of African Americans since the 1960s in the context of political philosophy, specifically, utilitarian liberalism revisited as 1980s and 1990s conservatism. Identifying the basic assumptions of utilitarian liberalism with respect to governance and representation, it uses these constructs to explain public policy outcomes in African-American communities. The three core themes are: governance and the role of the state; African American responses and strategies for empowerment; and policy adjustments of the state. It is a major contribution to the discourse on a problem central to contemporary public policy debate: the appropriate role of government in the regulation of public and private behavior to achieve a balance between freedom and justice.
MARILYN E. LASHLEY is an Assistant Professor in the Afro-American Studies Program at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the author of Public Television: Panacea, Pork Barrel, or Public Trust? and several journal articles. MELANIE NJERI JACKSON is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her publications include Achieving Sex Equality for Minority Women in Susan Klun (ed.), Handbook for Achieving Sex Equality through Higher Education.
Theory and Concepts Introduction by N. Jackson and M. Lashley The Liberal State: What Retreat? An Examination of Philosophical Ambivalence and Continuity in Perspectives and Treatment of African Americans in the U.S. Political System by N. Jackson Mythologies of "Cultural Politics" and the Discreet Charm of the Black Petite Bourgeoisie by A. Reed Culture as Human Capital: Methodological and Policy Implications by R. Williams African-American Empowerment Strategies and Responses Reclaiming the State: Representative Government and Public Policy Access by M. Lashley Who Represents the People? African Americans, Public Policy and Political Alienation during the Reagan-Bush Years by C. Herring Governmental Retreat, the Dispossessed and the Politics of Black Self-reliant Development in the Age of Reaganism by F. Hayes We Have Come This Far by Our Own Hands: A Tradition of Black Self-Help and Black Philanthropy, and the Growth of Corporate Philanthropic Giving to African Americans by M. Darling The State Reinvents Itself Discrimination in Mortgage Lending Markets as Rational Economic Behavior: Theory, Evidence and Public Policy by W. Jackson Black Mecca Reconsidered: An Analysis of Atlanta's Post-Civil Rights Political Economy by C. Barnes The Impact of Affirmative Policy on Correcting the Market Failures of Racial Discrimination: Are African Americans Better Off? by M. Lashley
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