Governance by Decree: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act in Dallas - Studies in Government and Public Policy (Paperback)
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Governance by Decree: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act in Dallas - Studies in Government and Public Policy (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 31/03/2004
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The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which originally was intended to prohibit barriers to black registration and voting, has been hailed as a triumph for civil rights and as a catalyst for the election of minorities to public office in both the Deep South and the urban North. To advance its objective, federal courts instructed many cities to change from at-large to single-member district electoral systems as a way to ensure that minorities had a reasonable chance to elect representatives of their choice. In the first book to critique the implementation of this landmark legislation in a major American city, Ruth Morgan examines its effect on local governance over forty years in Dallas and shows that it had unintended consequences for racial politics, representation, and public policy. Breaking from studies that measure the success of the VRA in terms of increased minority representation. Morgan assesses the consequences of the Act for Dallas city government - and for the wider interests of minorities as well. While endorsing the original intent of the VRA, Morgan believes that this intent was subverted by subsequent amendments to the Act.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613076
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An important book detailing the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and its impact on Dallas. Should appeal to the scholarly community teaching Texas history as well as those with a general interest in Texas politics."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"An invaluable book on the impact of the Voting Rights Act. . . . An important contribution to the history of Dallas."--Dallas Morning News

"Morgan's conclusions are somewhat sobering: the Act succeeded in identifying and remedying discrimination when it came to guaranteeing access to the ballot. However, subsequent amendments and case law muddled the Act's intentions and had unintended and undesirable governance and policy consequences."--Choice


"Morgan's thorough exploration of racial politics in Dallas takes the examination of the consequences of the Voting Rights Act to a new level."--Charles S. Bullock, III, author of The New Politics of the Old South

"A model of the type of research needed elsewhere in the South and Southwest if we are to arrive at a definitive assessment of this landmark legislation."--Chandler Davidson, author of Race and Class in Texas Politics

"Morgan's wonderfully thorough study will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the impact of judicial power on local governance."--Philip Seib, author of Campaigns and Conscience: The Ethics of Political Journalism

"Should be high on the 'must read' list for urban scholars."--Clarence Stone, author of Regime Politics: Governing Atlanta, 1946-1988

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