The Election of Barack Obama

How He Won

Authors: Liu, B.

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The historic election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president is analyzed from the perspective of racial relations. To trace the effect of time, Liu links Obama's multiracial winning coalition to the two-party system and the profound impact of racial changes since 1965.

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BAODONG LIU is Associate Professor at the University of Utah, USA.

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"There will be abundant scholarly research and writing about the historic presidential election of 2008 but Baodong Liu's richly researched and persuasive argued The Election of Barack Obama: How He Won sets a high standard for such work. Liu concentrates on the voting mechanisms and campaign strategies which produced President Obama's electoral victory. Fully engaging with the extant scholarly literatures on race politics and on voting behavior, Liu argues that the Obama team successfully built a minimum winning coalition based in America's distinct group identities. Voters' decisions about whether to support or to oppose candidate Obama were based on group interests, themselves often race based. Obama's success, Liu contends, was his ability to build a winning racial coalition. This proposition is developed through meticulous analyses of primary campaigns in 2008 and then the general election in November. Liu skillfully expounds both the way in which successful coalitions are developed in the US's two party system and the practicalities of sub-national voting especially in key primaries. The result is an important contribution to scholarly understanding of the politics and voting of race in 2008, as Liu in particular challenges the alleged emergence of a post racial politics. The book will be enormously useful to students of race and politics in the United States, voting studies, and American political development." - Desmond King, University of Oxford

"This is a very well-done book that asks two different, but related questions - did momentum theory partially account for President Obama's win and did sequential primary elections make a difference in his ability to rack up primary victories. It provides an excellent discussion of the 2008 election and President Obama's electoral coalition. It will make a major contribution to our understanding of the dynamics of the 2008 and the fact that in the end 'race still mattered' in voting for President Obama." - Paula D. McClain, Professor of Political Science, Duke University


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Emotion and Rationality

    Pages 1-15

    Liu, Baodong

  • A Minimum Winning Coalition

    Pages 17-37

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  • Racial Change and the Politics of Hope

    Pages 39-53

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  • The 2008 Democratic Primaries and the Presidential Selection Process

    Pages 55-71

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  • Building the Winning Coalition in Time

    Pages 73-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Election of Barack Obama
Book Subtitle
How He Won
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Baodong Liu
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11179-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230111790
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10351-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28783-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 160
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
Topics