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Historic FirstsHow Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics$
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Evelyn M. Simien

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199314171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314171.001.0001

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Presidential Politics

Presidential Politics

An Ode to Remembrance

(p.126) Chapter 6 Presidential Politics
Historic Firsts

Evelyn M. Simien

Oxford University Press

The chapter reflects upon the pioneering work of Ronald Walters (author of Black Presidential Politics and Freedom is Not Enough), who argued that Black support was crucial to the success or failure of Democratic presidential nominees in past elections. His work reminds us empowerment is a consequence of voting—that is, if more campaigns were mounted as social movements they would fuel the turnout necessary for elections to become a potent resource with which to improve the lives of those who participate in American presidential elections. This chapter pays tribute to Ron Walters' work, but not to such a degree that it overshadows the main objective: to summarize and state in a systematic and comprehensive manner the book's major findings relative to Pitkin's concept of representation when it is applied to the electoral process.

Keywords:   Ronald Walters, electoral success, empowerment, representation, voting

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