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The Case for Identity Politics

Polarization, Demographic Change, and Racial Appeals

Christopher T. Stout (author)

ISBN: 9780813944982

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Hardback

There is scant academic work that empirically tests whether nonracial campaigns provide an advantage to Democrats today. This book argues that racial appeals are an effective form of outreach for Democratic candidates and enhance, rather than detract from, their electability in America's current political climate.
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Following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election of 2016, many prominent scholars and political pundits argued that a successful Democratic Party in the future must abandon identity politics. While these calls for Democrats to distance themselves from such strategies have received much attention, there is scant academic work that empirically tests whether nonracial campaigns provide an advantage to Democrats today. As Christopher Stout explains, those who argue for deracialized appeals to voters may not be considering how several high-profile police shootings and acquittals, increasing evidence of growing racial economic disparities, retrenchments on voting rights, and the growth of racial hate groups have made race a more salient issue now than in the recent past. Moreover, they fail to account for how demographic changes in the United States have made racial and ethnic minorities a more influential voting bloc.

The Case for Identity Politics finds that racial appeals are an effective form of outreach for Democratic candidates and enhance, rather than detract from, their electability in our current political climate.
Illustrations 32 graphs, 27 tables
Pages 268
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Series Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
Subject/s Political science & theory   Legal history  
Christopher T. Stout is Associate Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University and author of Bringing Race Back In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama (Virginia).

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