Maine Politics and Government, Second Edition / Edition 2

Maine Politics and Government, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Kenneth T. Palmer, G. Thomas Taylor, Marcus A. LiBrizzi, Jean E. Lavigne
     
 

Remote and thinly populated, Maine was long insulated from many of the demographic and economic trends of states to the south. Maine Politics and Government traces recent changes in the state’s system as agriculture, manufacturing, and maritime trades have ceded dominance to high-tech businesses, extensive commercial development, and an expandingSee more details below

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Remote and thinly populated, Maine was long insulated from many of the demographic and economic trends of states to the south. Maine Politics and Government traces recent changes in the state’s system as agriculture, manufacturing, and maritime trades have ceded dominance to high-tech businesses, extensive commercial development, and an expanding governmental sector. This compact overview of Maine politics and government describes how the state’s history and political culture have shaped its political processes, its governing institutions, and its public-policy priorities. It also highlights the shift in the role of Maine’s governments in the past half century—from low-service entities to administrators of a broad range of public policies. The authors consider the impact of the influx of newcomers along the southern Maine coast, serious financial issues involving burdensome taxation, the pressing need to make the nearly five hundred units of local government more efficient, and problems attending the spread of suburbs throughout the state. Fully updated and expanded, this second edition provides a wealth of new material—maps, case studies, updated demographic information, treatment of new policies and health-care plans, and an overview of the administrations of the two most recent governors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803287853
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Politics and Governments of the American States Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps

1 State of the State 1

2 Maine's Political Culture: The New England Frontier 7

3 Maine's Traditional Politics and Its Transformation 23

4 Contemporary Maine Politics 34

5 The Constitutional Tradition 54

6 The State Legislature 67

7 The Governor and the Administration 82

8 The Court System 100

9 Maine's Budget as Policy 117

10 Contemporary Policy Concerns 141

11 Maine in the Federal System 177

12 Local Government 194

13 Substate Regionalism and State-Local Relations 215

14 Concluding Observations 241

15 Maine Documents and Sources 247

Notes 255

Index 275

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