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The political power of protest : minority activism and shifts in public policy

Author: Daniel Q Gillion
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Cambridge studies in contentious politics.
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"This book demonstrates the direct influence that political protest behavior has on Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court, illustrating that protest is a form of democratic responsiveness that government officials have used, and continue to draw on, to implement federal policies. Focusing on racial and ethnic minority concerns, this book shows that the context of political protest has served as a signal  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Q Gillion
ISBN: 9781107031142 1107031141 9781107657410 1107657415
OCLC Number: 809365681
Description: xiv, 191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. A continuum of information: the influence of minority political protest --
2. Measuring information in minority protest --
3. Viewing minority protest from the Hill: the individual and collective response from Congress --
4. Knocking on the president's door: the impact of minority protest on presidential responsiveness --
5. Appealing to an unlikely branch: minority political protest and the Supreme Court --
Conclusion: settling protest dust in a post-racial society.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in contentious politics.
Responsibility: Daniel Q. Gillion, University of Pennsylvania.

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