Delaware Politics and Government

Delaware Politics and Government

by William W. Boyer, Edward C. Ratledge
     
 


This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of both the historical and the contemporary dimensions of the politics and government of the “First State.” Once a sparsely populated, agrarian, and relatively insignificant polity, Delaware has become a densely and diversely populated financial and legal center often called the “corporation capital… See more details below

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This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of both the historical and the contemporary dimensions of the politics and government of the “First State.” Once a sparsely populated, agrarian, and relatively insignificant polity, Delaware has become a densely and diversely populated financial and legal center often called the “corporation capital of the world.” Delaware’s prime location has been central to its development and transition from a goods-producing economy to a fast-growing, service-based economy. Despite its diminutive size, Delaware is, in many ways, the nation’s preferred corporate home.
 
William W. Boyer and Edward C. Ratledge provide an overview of Delaware’s history, structure, and present politics and explain why one of the smallest states in the country is also one of the most powerful. Delaware continually promotes pro-business legislation, business and public objectives are entwined, and privatization is a dominant theme in public affairs. The state has an individualistic political order in which public participation is indirect and citizen activism is limited.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803213456
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Politics and Governments of the American States Series
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Preface xi

1 Delaware in Transition I

2 Political Culture of the "First State," 15

3 Delaware in the Federal System 25

4 The Constitution 39

5 Political Parties and Elections 52

6 The Governor and Administration 71

7 The General Assembly 83

8 Courts, Judges, and Lawyers 103

9 State-Local Relations 116

10 Public Finance 134

11 Nongovernmental Influence and Participation 146

12 Sprawl, Pollution, and Health 157

Epilogue 171

Notes 177

Suggested Sources for Further Reading 197

Index 201

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