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Perry (Mississippi State Univ.) examines the conditions under which black mayors in majority white cities can represent the interests of the black community. Perry's examination focuses on two case studies of black mayors: Mayor Jack Ford in Toledo, Ohio (2002-6) and Mayor Rhine McLin in Dayton, Ohio (2002-10). Perry provides rich case study analysis that includes the examination of newspaper coverage of Ford and Rhine as well as their speeches. Perry also interviews the following groups, as well as others: the mayors Ford and McLin, mayoral administrators and appointees, business leaders, union leaders, and community leaders. Perry finds that Ford and McLin were able to implement substantive change for black constituencies and that both mayors used targeted universalism as a means to represent black interests, meaning the mayors appealed to whites as well as blacks with the use of universal language that frames minority interests as a universal interest. This book is an excellent example of qualitative research with a detailed research methodology index. It will be of interest to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying urban politics or qualitative research methods. --Michelle Wade, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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