The history and influence of the Congressional Black Caucus is the theme of this book. The author demonstrates that the organization has successfully articulated the concerns of African Americans, but has only had a marginal impact on public policy. He shows that the increased membership of the Caucus has added considerable internal obstacles to the ever present external obstacles which have always constrained their power.
The Congressional Black Caucus
|Three Perspectives on a Modern Representational Puzzle|
Representation without Organization
|Black Congressional Politics from Reconstruction to the Modern Era|
|Caucus Origins and Organization|
CBC Activities, Role and Influence, 1971-1992
The Representational Environment
|Black Congressional Politics at Home|
The Institutional Environment
|Black Congressional Politics on the Hill|
From Isolation to Influence?
|The CBC in the 103rd and 104th Congresses|
|The Black Caucus in the 1990s - Continuity and Change|