Arkansas Politics and Government, Second Edition / Edition 2

Arkansas Politics and Government, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Diane D. Blair Irrevocable Trust, Jay Barth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803261985

ISBN-13: 9780803261983

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


Published a decade and a half after the late Diane D. Blair’s influential book Arkansas Politics and Government, this freshly revised edition builds on her work, which highlighted both the decades of failure by Arkansas's government to live up to the state’s motto of Regnat Populus (“The People Rule”) and the positive trends…  See more details below

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Published a decade and a half after the late Diane D. Blair’s influential book Arkansas Politics and Government, this freshly revised edition builds on her work, which highlighted both the decades of failure by Arkansas's government to live up to the state’s motto of Regnat Populus (“The People Rule”) and the positive trends of democracy. Since the first edition, Arkansas has seen the two-term U.S. presidency of a native son, the retirement of players who defined the state’s politics in the modern era, the further realignment of the state’s electorate, the passage of the nation’s most extreme legislative term limits, the complete overhaul of the state’s court system, and the declaration that the state’s public education system was unconstitutionally inadequate and inequitable.
 
While maintaining the basic structure of Blair’s original work with its focus on important historical patterns and the ways in which the past continues to shape the present, the second edition details the causes and consequences of recent changes in Arkansas and asks whether they are profound and permanent or merely transitory variations in symbol and style. Jay Barth argues that although Arkansas currently expresses a healthier representative democracy than throughout most of its history, its political and governmental entities are still sharply limited as effective instruments of “the people.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803261983
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Politics and Governments of the American States Series
Pages:
499
Sales rank:
1,380,991
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1The past in the present1
2Some socioeconomic, cultural, and political explanations18
3Traditional politics and its transformation35
4Contemporary political patterns60
5Dealigned voters and disadvantaged political parties in contemporary Arkansas95
6The influence of interest groups116
7The constitution : provisions and politics135
8The power and politics of the executive branch156
9The power and politics of the legislative branch186
10The power and politics of the judicial branch222
11Arkansas in the federal system : cooperation and conflict250
12Politics at the grassroots : how democratic?271
13The politics of state services293
14Continuity and change in Arkansas politics334
15For the future : suggested sources364

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