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King, Desmond S.

Works: 38 works in 304 publications in 3 languages and 14,048 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Desmond S King
Still a house divided : race and politics in Obama's America by Desmond S King( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 1,939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might spur unity and progress? Still a House Divided examines the enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these conflicts have been shaped by distinct political alliances and their competing race policies. Combining deep historical knowledge with a detailed exploration of such issues as housing, employment, criminal justice, multiracial census categories, immigration, voting in majority-minority distri
Separate and unequal : Black Americans and the US federal government by Desmond S King( )

33 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using extensive and original archival sources, Desmond King demonstrates in vivid detail how the American Federal government affected its Black employees for half a century. He documents how instead of thwarting segregated race relations, the Federal government participated in their maintenance and diffusion. This, the book's first major theme, is explored through detailed examination of Federal government departments and programs. The book's second major theme is that segregated race relations resulted in intense inequality for Black Americans
The liberty of strangers : making the American nation by Desmond S King( )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tracing how Americans have confronted and relinquished but mostly clung to group identities over the past century, Desmond King here debunks one of the guiding assumptions of American nationhood, namely that group distinction and identification would gradually dissolve over time, creating a "postethnic" nation. Over the course of the twentieth century, King shows, the divisions in American society arising from group loyalties have consistently proven themselves too strong to dissolve. For better or for worse, the often-disparaged politics of multiculturalism are here to stay, with profound implications for America's democracy. Americans have now entered a post-multiculturalist settlement in which the renewal of democracy continues to depend on groups battling it out in political trenches, yet the process is ruled by a newly invigorated and strengthened state." "Spanning the entire twentieth century and encompassing immigration policies, the nationalistic fallout from both world wars, the civil rights movement, and nation-building efforts in the postcolonial era, The Liberty of Strangers advances a major new interpretation of American nationalism and the future prospects for diverse democracies."--BOOK JACKET
In the name of liberalism : illiberal social policy in the USA and Britain by Desmond S King( )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study considers examples of social policy in Britain and the US that conflict with liberal democratic ideals. It looks at the eugenic arguments in the 1920/30s, the use of work camps in the 1930s and work-for-welfare programmes since the 1980s
Making Americans : immigration, race, and the origins of the diverse democracy by Desmond S King( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the nineteenth century virtually anyone could get into the United States. But by the 1920s, U.S. immigration policy had become a finely filtered regime of selection. Desmond King looks at this dramatic shift, and the debates behind it, for what they reveal about the construction of an American identity." "Making Americans shows how the choices made about immigration policy in the 1920s played a fundamental role in shaping democracy and ideas about group rights in America."--Jacket
Obama at the crossroads : politics, markets, and the battle for America's future by Desmond S King( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 2010 election serves as a bookend to one of the remarkable political periods in recent U.S. history. Amidst a profound economic crisis, Americans elected an African American to the presidency and massive Democratic majorities to Congress. Beginning in 2009, the President and Congress put forward a sweeping agenda to both address the economic crisis and enact progressive policies that liberals had been advocating for decades. Within a year and a half, they would pass health care reform and financial reform alongside a stimulus package of nearly a trillion dollars. Democrats also rescued the auto industry via a partial government takeover and expanded the Bush administration's incipient program for saving the banking sector by pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into it. Finally, the Obama administration dramatically increased our commitment in Afghanistan while simultaneously winding down our presence in Iraq. In Obama at the Crossroads, eminent political scientists Desmond King and Larry Jacobs have gathered some of the best scholars in American politics to take stock of this extraordinary period. Covering the financial crisis, health care reform, racial politics, foreign policy, the nature of Obama's leadership, and the relationship between the administration's agenda and broader progressive goals, this will serve as a comprehensive overview of the key issues facing the Obama administration as it entered office.--
The unsustainable American state( )

17 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring a cast of leading scholars working at the intersection of political science and American history, 'The Unsustainable American State' is a historically informed account of the American state's development from the 19th century onwards
The polarized presidency of George W. Bush by George C Edwards( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one of the first major studies of the Bush presidency in which the contributors succeed in looking beyond the simplistic stereotypes of the administration to establish how decisions are taken and how well the administration performs in governing
The state and the city by Ted Robert Gurr( Book )

23 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The State and the City presents a general theoretical argument about the nature, structure and interests of the state and traces the evolution of the Western state's interests in the viability of cities. It further examines the nature of local states and the extent to which they are autonomous from the national state and from private economic interests. The evidence of this study demonstrates that those who hold and use state power can allow the fate of cities to be determined mainly in the private economy, but that is a matter of public choice rather than iron necessity. ' important and stimulating book.' Michael Goldsmith, University of Salford '...a very useful and stimulating contribution to an important debate.' Environmental and Planning
Sterilized by the state : eugenics, race, and the population scare in twentieth-century North America by Randall Hansen( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of eugenics in North America focused on the second half of the twentieth century. Based on new research the authors show why eugenic sterilization policies persisted after the 1940s in the United States and Canada. Through extensive archival research, they show how both superintendents at homes for the 'feebleminded' and pro-sterilization advocates repositioned themselves after 1945 to avoid the taint of Nazi eugenics. Drawing on interviews with victims of sterilization and primary documents, this book traces the post-1940s development of eugenic policy and shows that both eugenic arguments and committed eugenicists informed population, welfare, and birth control policy in postwar America. In providing revisionist histories of the choice movement, the anti-population growth movement, and the Great Society programs, this book contributes to public policy and political and intellectual history
Actively seeking work? : the politics of unemployment and welfare policy in the United States and Great Britain by Desmond S King( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fed power : how finance wins by Lawrence R Jacobs( Book )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fed Power reveals how America's central bank undermined democratic accountability and widened economic inequality. It traces the Fed's historic rise to unparalleled power and capacity on domestic policy and its unilateral decisions during the 2008-9 financial crisis to leverage half of the country's net worth to the benefit of finance"--Prové de l'editor
Forging a discipline : a critical assessment of Oxford's development of the study of politics and international relations in comparative perspective by Christopher Hood( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A broad-ranging analysis and critique of the distinctive contribution of the University of Oxford to the scholarly study of politics over the last 100 years
The new right : politics, markets and citizenship by Desmond S King( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preferences, institutions, and rational choice by Keith M Dowding( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenges to local government by Desmond S King( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democratization in America : a comparative-historical analysis( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking local democracy by Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain)( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconfiguring European states in crisis by Desmond S King( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reconfiguring European States in Crisis offers a ground-breaking analysis by some of Europe's leading political scientists, examining how the European national state and the European Union state have dealt with two sorts of changes in the last two decades. Firstly, the volume analyses the growth of performance measurement in government, the rise of new sorts of policy delivery agencies, the devolution of power to regions and cities, and the spread of neoliberal ideas in economic policy. The volume demonstrates how the rise of non-state controlled organizations and norms combine with Europeanization to reconfigure European states. Secondly, the volume focuses on how the current crises in fiscal policy, Brexit, security and terrorism, and migration through a borderless European Union have had dramatic effects on European states and will continue to do so."--
Sectionalism and welfare policy in the United States : the failure of President Carter's initiatives by Desmond S King( )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The liberty of strangers : making the American nation
Separate and unequal : Black Americans and the US federal governmentThe liberty of strangers : making the American nationIn the name of liberalism : illiberal social policy in the USA and BritainMaking Americans : immigration, race, and the origins of the diverse democracyThe unsustainable American stateThe polarized presidency of George W. BushActively seeking work? : the politics of unemployment and welfare policy in the United States and Great BritainPreferences, institutions, and rational choice
Alternative Names
King, Desmond.

King, Desmond 1957-

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Spanish (1)

German (1)