Government and Politics in Florida / Edition 3

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From finances to taxes, economics to ethnicity, Government and Politics in Florida has long been the most authoritative resource for a wide variety of information on the operations of government and the nuances of politics in the Sunshine State, including its gradual shift from a fiercely Democratic stronghold to a part of the solid Republican South.

Now under the editorship of Edwin Benton, this third edition retains all of the chapters from the previous editions, though all have been revised and many rewritten by new authors, including some of Florida's most well-known and respected political scientists. There are also entirely new chapters on the critical policy areas of education, public welfare, and health care, and one on intergovernmental relations. A chapter in the second edition on public opinion and interest groups has been divided into two chapters, one focusing on political culture and political attitudes, the other focusing on interest groups. A final, concluding chapter ties together the volume and speculates about the future of government and politics in Florida. From executive branch to legislature, from the court system to political parties, there is no other book that serves as a better introductory text for courses on Florida government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031705
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,306,205
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Edwin Benton is professor in the department of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
List of Tables     xi
Foreword   Reubin O'Donovan Askew     xiii
Preface     xvii
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction   J. Edwin Benton     1
Political Culture and Political Attitudes in Florida   Suzanne L. Parker   Terri L. Towner     16
Elections and Partisan Change in Florida   Stephen C. Craig   Roger Austin     48
Politics and Ethnic Change in Florida   Kevin A. Hill   Dario A. Moreno     80
Political Parties in Florida   Thomas M. Carsey   J. P. Nelson     102
Interest Groups in Florida   Matthew T. Corrigan   J. Edwin Benton     128
The Legislature and the Legislative Process in Florida   Kevin Michael Wagner   Eric Prier     152
The Florida Governor in the Twenty-First Century   Richard K. Scher     181
The Florida Courts: No Longer Obscure but Still Powerful   Drew Noble Lanier   Roger Handberg     207
Local Governments: Institutions of Governance and Agents of Service Delivery   J. Edwin Benton   Richard C. Feiock     240
Intergovernmental Relations in Florida   Robert B. Bradley   J. Edwin Benton     265
The Economics and Politics of Financing Florida's Many Governments   Susan A. Macmanus   Thomas A. Watson   Andrew F. Quecan     294
Florida's Education System   Lynne Holt   Babak Lotfinia     328
Florida's Health Care Policy: Making Do on the Cheap   Carol S. Weissert   William G. Weissert     357
Welfare Policy in Florida   Renee J. Johnson   David M. Hedge     383
Florida's Unfinished Agenda in Growth Management and Environmental Protection   Lance Dehaven-Smith     410
Florida's Government and Politics: The Road Ahead   J. Edwin Benton     438
Contributors     447
Index     453
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