Civil rights advocacy on behalf of the poor / Catherine M. Paden
- Paden, Catherine M.
- Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- American governance, politics, policy, and public law
- In Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor, Catherine M. Paden examines five civil rights organizations and explores why they chose to represent the poorùspecifically low-income African Americansùduring six legislative periods considering welfare reform. Paden's archival research into groups such as the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and her extensive interviews with movement leaders and activists reveal that national organizations advocate on behalf of the poor when they have incentives to do so. Organizational decisions to represent the poor are sometimes strategic, sometimes based on an ideological commitment, and sometimes both. However, Paden points out that decisions are never purely ideologicalùgroups are always aware of strategy and of their positions within their issue niche when they fix on their priorities. -- and Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor also points to the critical role that radical organizations play in increasing representation in the U.S. political system. Paden maintains that radical groups matter not because their representation affects long-term policy change or is particularly effective in representing the interest of marginal groups. Rather, she argues, it is because they compete with more mainstream or conservative organizations for their constituencies. --Book Jacket.
- 9780812242973 (hardcover : alk. paper) and 0812242971 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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