Alaska Public Policy Issues: Background and Perspectives

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This book explores the major political issues and public policies in Alaska at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is especially useful to those studying political science, public administration, economics, anthropology, Alaska history, Native studies, and Alaska studies as well as anyone concerned about Alaska issues in general.

To provide a systematic way to approach each issue most chapters follow a common format beginning with background information, moving to ...

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Overview

This book explores the major political issues and public policies in Alaska at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is especially useful to those studying political science, public administration, economics, anthropology, Alaska history, Native studies, and Alaska studies as well as anyone concerned about Alaska issues in general.

To provide a systematic way to approach each issue most chapters follow a common format beginning with background information, moving to alternative perspectives and ending with suggested solutions or reasons for lack of feasible solutions. Thus the treatment of each topic combines general information for understanding the issue with reasoned advocacy. Each contributor was encouraged to present a particular perspective, not as any statement of truth or as the answer to the issue, but as a means to stimulate discussion. The perspective of each author is made explicit through the use of a chapter theme or other statement set out at the beginning of their chapter.

The book provides both general and specific insights on a broad range of questions about policy-making in Alaska. For instance, it identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the system for addressing a variety of issues and explains why some of these are addressed by government while others are not. It explains the general and specific influences at work in various policy arenas and it considers what are and are not feasible solutions. Moreover, it explains how Alaska's issues and policies compare with other states and what the state can tearn from other approaches to policy-making.

The contributors bring a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to the examination of Alaska public policy issues--from academics in authropology, business, and political science to consultants in economics, to several present and former senior officials in state government to members of the business community.

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Explores major political issues and public policies in Alaska in the late 1990s, and provides general and specific insights on questions of policymaking in the state. Sections examine economic and fiscal issues, issues relating to major state services such as education and health, natural resource and environmental issues, and issues of the political and governmental system. Useful for those studying political science, public administration, economics, and Alaska studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780938737377
  • Publisher: Denali Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 9

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Understanding and Evaluating Alaska Issues and Public Policies 1
Part I Economic and Fiscal Issues and Policies
2 The Alaska Economy and Economic Issues: An Historical Overview 19
3 The Contemporary and Future Alaska Economy: Prospects for Economic Development and Diversity 33
4 The Economy of Rural-Bush Alaska: Structure, Issues and Prospects 47
5 State Revenues and the State Budget: Self Inflicted Problems? 61
6 The Economics and Politics of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Program 81
7 Alaska and International Commerce: Hopes and Realities 93
Part II Issues and Policies Concerning Major State Services
8 Education: Continuing Urban-Rural Tension 109
9 Health: National Trends in an Alaska Setting 125
10 Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence: Consequences of Alaska's Diversity 139
11 Corrections: Public Pressure, Political Symbolism and Professional Expertise 151
12 Transportation: State Agency Management of a Federal Endowment 163
Part III Land, Natural Resource and Environmental Issues and Policies
13 Land, Natural Resource and Environmental Issues: The Political and Policy-Making Context 183
14 Three Case Studies: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Management of the Tongass National Forest, and Wolf Management 195
15 Subsistence: The Politics of a Cultural Dilemma 205
16 Fisheries: A Stymied State Government 221
Part IV Issues and Policies Concerning the Political and Governmental System
17 Reforming Alaska's Political and Governmental System 237
18 The Size and Efficiency of Alaska State Government 249
19 Native Sovereignty: An Insoluble Issue? 263
20 Rural-Bush Local Government: Toward a More Appropriate System? 275
21 Alaska Public Policy Issues and Policy-Making Process: Reflections and Prospects 287
Notes 299
Further Reading 327
Contributors 343
Index 349
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