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