How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape
by Larry J. Walker, F. Erik Brooks, and Ramon B. Goings, Editors
June 2017, 359pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5205-3
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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In 2012, blacks voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time in U.S. history. What new patterns in American voter turnout are likely in the post-Obama era?

Covering key issues ranging from education to political mobilization to racial stratification, this book provides a comprehensive examination of the Obama Presidency.

President Barack Obama’s election and subsequent reelection represent a critical paradigm shift in American political history. But will there be lasting effects of the election of an African American to the highest office in the land in terms of the United States’ economic, educational, political and social realities? A valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, state and federal policymakers, and general readers, this book poses critical questions and offers insightful answers from expert contributors, provides a balanced critique of President Obama’s accomplishments and challenges, and considers the national and international impact President Obama’s tenure had on politics.

The numerous contributors to this book provide a range of perspectives on President Obama’s presidency that question conventional thinking, covering key issues that include health care, education, political mobilization, gender, racial stratification, voting patterns, and criminal justice. Readers will come away with a heightened comprehension of the complex relationships between political structures, economic policies, and minority interests; how Congress, traditional and contemporary activists, and domestic and international issues all shaped the Obama Presidency; and how micro and macro issues such as voting rights, voting patterns, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) initiatives are connected.


  • Investigates linkages among micro and macro political issues, including voting rights, patterns, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) initiatives
  • Provides a fair and balanced examination of the challenges Obama encountered across his two terms in office
  • Considers the short- and long-term impacts Obama's presidency had on race relations
  • Spotlights the hot topics of race and ethnicity in politics, particularly in light of the Obama presidency and frequent conflicts and discussions regarding race
Larry J. Walker, EdD, is a researcher and political strategist, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Walker is a former Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and served as Legislative Director for Congressman Major R. Owens.

F. Erik Brooks, PhD, is professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

Ramon B. Goings, EdD, is assistant professor of educational leadership at Loyola University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
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