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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.
|Part I||Foundations of Tennessee Politics|
|1||Political Development and Culture||1|
|2||The State Constitution||25|
|Part II||Institutions of Tennessee Government|
|3||The General Assembly||63|
|5||The State Bureaucracy||125|
|Part III||Tennessee Politics|
|7||Political Parties and Interest Groups||179|
|9||Campaigns and Elections||228|
|Part IV||Public Policy in Tennessee|
|12||Health, Welfare, and the Environment||313|
|14||Financing Tennessee Government||352|
|Part V||Local Government and Politics in Tennessee|
|15||The Politics of Local Government||377|
|Appendix||The Tennessee Constitution||403|
Posted April 5, 2010
What the authors forgot is that Tennessee politics is a product of the old south and new politics. When Nixon went for his southern strategy it was to attract George Wallace Democrats and it worked in most states. But in Tennessee the George Wallace Democrats (GWD)made a deal with the Black Memphis Demos and as a result still control state government. They have killed off any modern reform of education. These AUTHORS ARE powerful figures in the old democratic party GWD and they have been stiving hard to recontrol the university. Stair came to work for Joe Johnson another Nashville Wallace Democrat who wassent down from Nashville to run the university. Johnson was older and brought a young pol in from Nashville to replace him. But the Repub governor had other ideas. So the university has recruited three accomplished university presidents from Kentucky, Virginia and Conn but in each case the old Wallace Demo machine has run them off. So the question if will they be able to pull the old demo rabbitt out of that or pulled out of the closet to take over now that there is a Demo in the Governors job.
Lyons is out to help the Wallace Demos to take over again. That way he will get the named professorship he covets and will not have to teach. He can just be an expert on Tennessee politics.
This book shows how far the UT Press has fallen. It is not worth reading.
Posted October 18, 2002
Posted January 6, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.