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The Historical Presidency : “An Ethnic Presence in the White House?”: Ethnicity, Identity Politics, and the Presidency in the 1970s

Merton, Joe

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This paper excavates the relationship between the presidency and an emergent white, European ‘ethnic’ identity politics during the 1970s. Rather than a response to cultural drift or backlash politics, presidential efforts to harness ‘ethnic’ identity politics reflected a shifting institutional context. Yet despite establishing the White House as a critical centre of the new politics and devising policy and political responses to it, the attentions of the presidency were not always propitious. Instead, the presidency’s efforts profoundly influenced the terms by which ethnic politics was received politically, with destructive consequences for this politics’ potential political incorporation, its interactions with other advocacy groups, and its long-term future. Historians seeking to explain the fate of the ‘ethnic’ moment of the 1970s should thus pay closer attention to the presidency as a contributor to both its rise and demise.

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Merton, J. (2020). The Historical Presidency : “An Ethnic Presence in the White House?”: Ethnicity, Identity Politics, and the Presidency in the 1970s. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 50(2), 418-435. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12580

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2019
Publication Date 2020-06
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 18, 2021
Journal Presidential Studies Quarterly
Print ISSN 0360-4918
Electronic ISSN 1741-5705
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Pages 418-435
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12580
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1780428
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/psq.12580
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Merton, J. (2019), The Historical Presidency: “An Ethnic Presence in the White House?”: Ethnicity, Identity Politics, and the Presidency in the 1970s. Presidential Studies Quarterly, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12580
. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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