In this enlightening and original new work, Kevin Yuill combines extensive archival research with a careful analysis of the intellectual climate of the era to examine not only the conditions that made Nixon's affirmative action policy decisions possible in the 1970s but also what motivated Nixon to act in the way that he did. He argues that in order to fully understand why Nixon embraced affirmative action, one must fully take into account the shifting context of American liberalism in the 1970s. In particular, Yuill contends that although government-enforced affirmative action did not fit into the postwar, growth-oriented liberalism, it emerged as an important regulatory policy blueprint in an era increasingly characterized by diminished horizons for social policy.
Kevin Yuill is senior lecturer in American studies at Sunderland University.
Introduction: "An Almost Hopeless Holding Action" Part I: From Myrdal to the Kerner Commission: The Rise and Fall of Barriers to Affirmative Action in the Postwar Period Chapter 1: The Postwar Intellectual Milieu and the Taboo Against Affirmative Action Chapter 2: Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: Policymaking and Affirmative Action Before Nixon Chapter 3: The Liberal Crisis, 1965-1969 Chapter 4: Legitimation Crisis Chapter 5: Affirmative Action: The Conservative Option Part II: Richard Nixon: Liberal Anti-Hero Chapter 6: The Genius of Deflation Chapter 7: The Philadelphia Plan Chapter 8: Revenue Sharing and Other Affirmative Actions Part III: Affirmative Action and the New Liberalism Chapter 9: Affirmative Action in an Age of Limits Chapter 10: Nixon: The Father of Identity Politics Conclusion Bibliography