Government and Politics in Tennessee / Edition 1

Government and Politics in Tennessee / Edition 1

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by William Lyons
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1572331410

ISBN-13: 9781572331419

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

Most Americans are more aware of the workings of the federal government than of their own state governments. But these “laboratories of democracy” constitute perhaps the most creative and successful component of the American political experiment. Like each of the states, Tennessee has developed a state government with a history and political culture uniquely its own.

Overview

Most Americans are more aware of the workings of the federal government than of their own state governments. But these “laboratories of democracy” constitute perhaps the most creative and successful component of the American political experiment. Like each of the states, Tennessee has developed a state government with a history and political culture uniquely its own.

This book places Tennessee’s modern political institutions in the context of the history and personalities that formed them. It pays special attention to the period after 1978, when three governors left a lasting impression on the direction of the state government. Separate chapters examine the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, explaining how and why Tennessee’s political culture differs from that of other states. The book also explores the ways in which education, health care, corrections, economic development, and other key factors define the government agenda. Additional chapters on the media, political campaigns, and local government provide a backdrop that elucidates more fully how the state government functions.

The authors profile many of the personalities who have shaped Tennessee’s political agenda. Among these are longtime Senate Democratic Speaker John Wilder; his close ally, Senate Republican Leader Ben Atchley; House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, son of a Lebanese immigrant; and Bill Snodgrass, who served as state comptroller for forty-seven years. The book explains how these individuals related to three governors, Republicans Lamar Alexander and Don Sundquist and Democrat Ned McWherter, whose administrations presided over the state’s greatest period of growth and prosperity.Illustrated with photographs and tables, and featuring anecdotal sidebars that illuminate key issues, this book will be the standard text on Tennessee state government and politics for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572331419
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part IFoundations of Tennessee Politics
1Political Development and Culture1
2The State Constitution25
Part IIInstitutions of Tennessee Government
3The General Assembly63
4The Governor102
5The State Bureaucracy125
6The Judiciary152
Part IIITennessee Politics
7Political Parties and Interest Groups179
8Public Opinion208
9Campaigns and Elections228
10The Media255
Part IVPublic Policy in Tennessee
11Education283
12Health, Welfare, and the Environment313
13Corrections330
14Financing Tennessee Government352
Part VLocal Government and Politics in Tennessee
15The Politics of Local Government377
AppendixThe Tennessee Constitution403
Notes447
Bibliography465
Index467

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Government and Politics in Tennessee 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives readers an inside view of what it's like inside the Tennessee Government, it gives great details and even has some wonderful humor. The chapters written by Billy Stair are the best, he used to work there! He had the inside scoop! Check it out!