Burning Down the House
Politics, Governance, and Affirmative Action at the University of California
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A riveting analysis of the struggle to eliminate affirmative action at the University of California.
Burning Down the House presents a riveting analysis of one of the most nationally prominent and bitterly contested policy battles in the history of American higher education: the struggle to eliminate affirmative action at the University of California. A timely and essential addition to the literature on affirmative action, it examines the political, economic, legal, and organizational factors that shaped the debate in California and offers unique insight into the contemporary politics of admissions policy, university governance, and the role of higher education in broader state and national political contests to come.
Brian Pusser is Associate Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.