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Rainbow's End: Irish-Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 1840-1985 (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy #15)

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Rainbow's End: Irish-Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 1840-1985 (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy #15)

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Unprecedented in its scope, Rainbow's End provides a bold new analysis of the emergence, growth, and decline of six classic Irish-American political machines in New York, Jersey City, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Albany. Combining the approaches of political economy and historical sociology, Erie examines a wide range of issues, including the relationship between city and state politics, the manner in which machines shaped ethnic and working-class politics, and the reasons why centralized party organizations failed to emerge in Boston and Philadelphia despite their large Irish populations. The book ends with a thorough discussion of the significance of machine politics for today's urban minorities.

Steven P. Erie is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

ISBN: 9780520071834

ISBN-10: 9780520071834

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 08/09/1990 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/09/1990 - 12:00am

Pages: 359

Language: English

Categories

History / United States

Social Science / Sociology / Urban