The Alaska State Constitution

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With only 54 years of existence, the Constitution of the State of Alaska is in its developmental infancy compared to the constitutional history of the rest of the United States. However, having had the benefit of over 300 years, the Alaskan Constitution is a pioneer and model in?among other things?simplicity, coherence, vision and accessibility.

The Alaska State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In ...

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With only 54 years of existence, the Constitution of the State of Alaska is in its developmental infancy compared to the constitutional history of the rest of the United States. However, having had the benefit of over 300 years, the Alaskan Constitution is a pioneer and model in—among other things—simplicity, coherence, vision and accessibility.

The Alaska State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of Alaska's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of Alaska's constitution. Previously published by Greenwood, this title has been brought back in to circulation by Oxford University Press with new verve. Re-printed with standardization of content organization in order to facilitate research across the series, this title, as with all titles in the series, is set to join the dynamic revision cycle of The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States.

The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.

Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.

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Dr. Gerald McBeath is Professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McBeath previously taught at Rutgers College and the City University of New York. His most recent publications include Education Reform in the American States, The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska and Environmental Change and Food Security in China.

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Table of Contents

SERIES FOREWORD BY G. ALAN TARR
FOREWORD BY TONY KNOWLES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PART I: THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF ALASKA
PART II: ALASKA CONSTITUTION AND COMMENTARY
PREAMBLE
Article I: Declaration of Rights
Article II: The Legislature
Article III: The Executive
Article IV: The Judiciary
Article V: Suffrage and Elections
Article VI: Legislative Apportionment
Article VII: Health, Education, and Welfare
Article VIII: Natural Resources
Article IX: Finance and Taxation
Article X: Local Government
Article XI: The Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
Article XII: General Provisions
Article XIII: Amendment and Revision
Article XIV: Apportionment Schedule
Article XV: Schedule of Transitional Measures
Ordinance No. 1: Ratification of the Constitution
Ordinance No. 2: Alaska-Tennessee Plan
Ordinance No. 3: Abolition of Fish Traps
Appendix
Bibliographic Essay
Table of Cases
Index

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