Why Americans Still Don't Vote: And why Politicians Want it that Way
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science Frances Fox Piven, Richard A. Cloward, Richard A.. Cloward
Beacon Press, 2000 - Political Science - 348 pages
Americans take for granted that ours is the very model of a democracy. At the core of this belief is the assumption that the right to vote is firmly established. But in fact, the United States is the only major democratic nation in which the less well-off, the young, and minorities are substantially underrepresented in the electorate.
Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward were key players in the long battle to reform voter registration laws that finally resulted in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as the Motor Voter law). When Why Americans Don't Vote was first published in 1988, this battle was still raging, and their book was a fiery salvo. It demonstrated that the twentieth century had witnessed a concerted effort to restrict voting by immigrants and blacks through a combination of poll taxes, literacy tests, and unwieldy voter registration requirements.
Why Americans Still Don't Vote brings the story up to the present. Analyzing the results of voter registration reform, and drawing compelling historical parallels, Piven and Cloward reveal why neither of the major parties has tried to appeal to the interests of the newly registered-and thus why Americans still don't vote.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Demobilization of
The Mobilization and Demobilization
How Demobilization Was Accomplished
The Decline of the New Deal Party System
Experiment in Democracy
Barriers or Mobilization?
agency-based American electorate American politics appeals ballot barriers bill Burnham campaign changes chapter Christian Right civil rights clientelist coalition Congress Deal Deal coalition decades decline Demo demobilization Democratic party director disfranchising DMVs economic efforts elec election officials electoral politics elites executive orders farmers federal forms funds government agency registration governors groups Hispanics Human SERVE implementation industrial issues istration Kleppner labor leaders legislation levels major mayors ment million mobilization motor voter movement NAACP nineteenth century nonvoters NVRA offices organizations party competition percent percentage points poll tax polls popular presidential programs protest purging regis registration reform reported Republican party Rock the Vote Rosenstone Senate SERVE's Shefter social agencies South southern staff strategy system of 1896 tion tional tration unemployment unions urban Voter Education Project voter participation voter registration voter turnout Voting Rights Act welfare workers working-class York City