Hawai'i Politics and Government: An American State in a Pacific World

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Hawai’i is in many ways the most unique of the American states. Distinguished by its unusual beauty, ethnic diversity, and lingering image as a paradise, Hawai’i is special for other important, but less apparent, reasons. It is the only American state to have evolved from a kingdom, the only state with no jurisdictions below the level of county, the only state in which Caucasians have never been in the majority, and the only state whose historic identity and contemporary relationships are as much with Asia ...
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Hawai’i is in many ways the most unique of the American states. Distinguished by its unusual beauty, ethnic diversity, and lingering image as a paradise, Hawai’i is special for other important, but less apparent, reasons. It is the only American state to have evolved from a kingdom, the only state with no jurisdictions below the level of county, the only state in which Caucasians have never been in the majority, and the only state whose historic identity and contemporary relationships are as much with Asia and the Pacific as with the rest of the United States.

The nature and trajectory of Hawaiian politics spring from the interaction of these unique elements with more traditional American cultural practices, institutions, and political processes. Also shaping past and present politics are multiple collisions among Native Hawaiians, western missionaries and businessmen, and Asian immigrants. Hawai’i Politics and Government brings together information on historical development, ethnic relations, public institutions, political culture, and current issues to discover both the similarities and the differences between Hawai’i and the rest of the country.

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Hawai'i is the only state in which Caucasians have never been in the majority, and the only state whose historic identity and contemporary relationships are as much with Asia and the Pacific as with the rest of the US. This work overviews historical development of the state and examines ethnic relations, public institutions, political culture, and current issues. Pratt is director for the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Smith teaches social and behavioral science at Northern Arizona University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This is the latest in the useful series "Politics and Government of the American States," published by the University of Nebraska Press. [Pratt and Smith] know the state intimately. . . . The authors have clearly and fairly detailed both the uniqueness of Hawaii and its similarities to other states. The chapters cover history . . ., culture and its relevance to politics, Hawaii's political parties and activities, functioning of the different branches of government, and the state's future. . . . Recommended at all levels."—Choice
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Richard C. Pratt is the director of the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and coeditor of Politics and Public Policy in Hawai’i. Zachary Smith is a professor of social and behavioral science at Northern Arizona University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Politics and Public Policy in Arizona.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Series Preface
Preface
Note on Spelling and Terminology
1 Change and Continuity 1
2 From Kingdom to the Edge of Statehood 16
3 Cultural Relations and Political Culture 41
4 Hawai'i's Relations with the Outside World 66
5 Constitutional Development 88
6 Public Participation and Political Parties 114
7 Courts, Values, and the Law 140
8 Executive Power 160
9 Legislative Process 186
10 Local Government, Hawai'i Style 211
11 Continuities in Public Issues 232
12 Images of the Future of Paradise 255
13 Suggestions for Further Reading 263
Notes 269
Index 299
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