Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures

Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures

by H. Edward Flentje, Joseph Aistrup
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803269196

ISBN-13: 9780803269194

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

The rich history of Kansas politics continues to generate an abundant literature. The state's beginning as "Bleeding Kansas" followed by Prohibition, populism, the Progressive Era, and the Dust Bowl, through to the present day, have given local and national writers and scholars an intriguing topic for exploration. While historians and biographers shed light on

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The rich history of Kansas politics continues to generate an abundant literature. The state's beginning as "Bleeding Kansas" followed by Prohibition, populism, the Progressive Era, and the Dust Bowl, through to the present day, have given local and national writers and scholars an intriguing topic for exploration. While historians and biographers shed light on pieces of this history, journalists focus on current political affairs in the state. Rarely, however, are past and present connected to fully illuminate an understanding of Kansas politics and government.

This volume uses the prism of political cultures to interpret Kansas politics and disclose the intimate connections between the state's past and its current politics. The framework of political cultures evolves from underlying political preferences for liberty, order, and equality, and these preferences form the basis for the active political cultures of individualism, hierarchy, and egalitarianism. This comprehensive examination of Kansas political institutions argues that Kansas politics, historically and presently, may best be understood as a clash political cultures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803269194
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Politics and Governments of the American States Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Political Cultures 1

2 The Constitution 30

3 Elections and Political Parties 50

4 The State Legislature 73

5 The Governor 100

6 Interest Groups and Lobbying 130

7 State and Local Governments in a Federal Structure 150

8 Taxing, Spending, and Borrowing 170

9 Kansas Politics in State and Nation 193

Appendixes

1 The Kansas Court System 201

2 Summary of Legislation Governing Lobbying in Kansas 202

Notes 207

Suggestions for Further Reading 239

Index 245

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