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Published: 28 August 2008

264 Pages | 8 black and white line illustrations


ISBN: 9780195331684

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The Perils of Federalism

Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control

Lisa L. Miller

  • Provides new insights into group theory by comparing group participation on the same issue across three legislative venues (local, state and national), thus providing opportunity to see a broad range of citizen interests and how mobilization and participation across legislatures biases issues and interests.
  • Offers a unique perspective on the role of race in public policymaking, suggesting that not all interest groups can interact with governmental institutions in the same manner.
  • Offers a detailed historic account of the development of crime on the national political agenda, situating the issue in the context of the nature of U.S. federalism. In particular, it implicates our constitutional arrangements and balance of power between federal and state governments as a key aspect of undermining the interests of blacks and the poor, particularly as they struggle to gain attention to issues of crime, violence and other social ills.

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