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Analyzing a wide range of political actors and organizations, which includes the state legislature, the governor and executive branch, the judiciary, political parties, interest groups, and the media, Fleer illuminates North Carolina's rich political history, its evolving constitutional order, and its changing political culture. Although revealing a pattern of elitist paternalism in the state's political history, the book illustrates a parallel pattern of popular participation and control.
Major forces of change are increasingly defining the state. These transitional factors include a significant biracial electorate, a stratified society, a diverse electorate, increasingly varied and mobilized political interest groups, a competitive political party system, and a more representative political leadership.
New challenges to the state's future development are its aging population, the preparedness of its work force, the globalization of its economy, the protec-tion of its natural resources, and the education of its children for the next century. Each new political debate, policy choice, and election reminds North Carolinians of their fundamental challenge: establishing a government by enlightened and effective popular consent.
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|1||North Carolina: History and Culture||1|
|2||North Carolina: A Profile||25|
|3||Continuity and Change in the State's Constitutions||44|
|4||Legislative Life in North Carolina||64|
|5||People and Politics in the Executive Branch||93|
|6||The Judicial System in North Carolina||124|
|7||Voters, Parties, and Elections||151|
|8||Interest Groups and Mass Media||175|
|9||Grassroots Governments: The Many Who Govern||197|
|10||Intergovernmental Relations and Politics: North Carolina in the Federal System||217|
|11||Policymaking in North Carolina: Agendas, Budgets, and Public Education||241|
|12||North Carolina: Progressive Pluralism||264|