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The Accuracy of Opinion Polling and its Relation to its Future  

Michael Traugott

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May 2011
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Sep 2011
This chapter discusses the concept of accuracy and how to measure it. It presents a chronology of the accuracy of the presidential pre-election polls during the 2008 election, and then ... More

Activists, Influence, and Representation in American Elections  

Walter J. Stone

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Jan 2010
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May 2010
This article describes the place of party activists in the electoral process, with attention to questions about whether and how they distort processes of electoral representation in the ... More

African American Legal Status from Reconstruction Law to the Nadir of Jim Crow: 1865–1919  

Lisa Crooms-Robinson

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
As Emancipation and Reconstruction eliminated much of the legal foundation of slavery, states and individuals became increasingly concerned about preserving the racial integrity of ... More

African American Legal Status from the Harlem Renaissance through World War II  

Lisa Crooms-Robinson

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
At the end of World War I, whites tried to put blacks back in their place. They found, however, that the place of African Americans had changed. The Harlem Renaissance represented the ... More

African American Politics and Citizenship, 1865–Present: An Overview  

Michael C. Dawson

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
Black politics in the United States since the end of the Civil War has been centered on the quest for inclusion that King, Douglass, and Shklar describe and has at its goal not only the ... More

The African American Psyche, 1865–Present: An Overview  

Claude Steele and Jennifer Richeson

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
There are multiple possible views of the Black American psyche. But in the science that focuses on the psyche, the science of psychology, there has really been only variants of one view: ... More

African American Women: Intersectionality in Politics  

Jamila Celestine Michener, Andrew Dilts, and Cathy J. Cohen

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
Political participation has been a fundamental constant in the lives of African American people. Whether it is voting, membership in social/political community organizations, or ... More

African-American Political Participation  

Tasha S. Philpot and Hanes Walton Jr.

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Aug 2014
This chapter describes the evolution of African-American political participation. Beginning with early findings in Black political participation, it discusses the major paradigm shifts in ... More

Afro-descendants and Indigenous Rights  

Juliet Hooker

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Dec 2013
Indigenous rights are arguably the most successfully institutionalized form of minority rights in international law today. Currently, Indigenous rights provide greater protections ... More

Agency Design and Evolution  

Amy B. Zegart

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
This article describes the insights and limitations of rational choice institutionalism in political science. It then shows that organization theory offers insights into agency evolution ... More

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