Black Resistance/White Law by Mary Frances Berry

By Mary Frances Berry

From the coming of the 1st twenty slaves in Jamestown to the Howard seashore Incident of 1986, Yusef Hawkins, and Rodney King, federal legislation enforcement has pleaded loss of authority opposed to white violence whereas endorsing surveillance of black rebels and utilizing “constitutional” army strength opposed to them. during this groundbreaking examine, constitutional pupil Mark Frances Berry analyzes the explanations why hundreds of thousands of African american citizens whose lives have better greatly, either socially and economically, are nonetheless susceptible to police abuse and principally unprotected from bias crimes.

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This tension is not necessarily eased by the party's environmentalism (as demonstrated, for instance, by its proposal for a polluter-pays tax), though electoral pacts with the Green Party have occasionally been fruitful (for instance, in local and European elections). Given that it finds itself occupying devolutionist and left-of-centre territory in common with Labour, it is not surprising that it seeks to distinguish its own brand of 'community socialism' from Labour's 'state socialism', though such distinctions may be purely rhetorical (Fisher 1996a: 129).

The figures in parentheses are respectively for the number of constituency seats and regional ('additional') seats, liberal Democrat refers to the Liberal Party for the period 1974-79, and the SDP-Liberal alliance in 1983 and 1987. 'ENPP refers to the effective number of parliamentary parties in Welsh constituencies represented at Westminster or in the Welsh Assembly. 7 Sources: NufBeld election studies; The Guardian, 8 May 1999. 1. 3 A two-dimensional representation of the Welsh party system, 1997 Party systems in local government The final political jurisdiction within which British political parties have operated is that of local government.

It has frequently been argued that local elections are merely 'second-order' judgements on the performance of parties in central government. Though many voters probably do regard local elections in this light, there is a growing body of literature which suggests there must be more to local electoral behaviour than this. A number of studies in the 1980s and 1990s pointed to discrepancies between electoral choices in national and local elections (Miller et al. 1990: 28; Heath et al. 1999), and to the importance of local issues and considerations in determining choice in the latter (McLean et al.

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