Date of Award

8-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey Ph.D

Second Advisor

Sarah Roberts Allen Gershon Ph.D

Third Advisor

Maurice J. Hobson Ph.D

Abstract

Atlanta’s Urban Regime was involved at every point in the APS cheating scandal and subsequent fall out. The Anglo-American business elites and African American political leaders cared about the image of Atlanta more than the academic well-being of the students. The business community was driving the policies affecting the school system. These policies ultimately benefitted the well-connected members of the regime. At no point did African American voters operationalize their potential political power in the 2013 city elections after the cheating scandal.

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