Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions Set / Edition 1

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Library Journal

If you find yourself constantly wading through various reference books to locate in-depth data on state government, then look no further than this comprehensive set, which reflects the research of numerous respected contributors. Edited by Haider-Markel (Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence), this work does an admirable job of synthesizing key concepts and trends that support the examination of state politics. Students and readers can find facts, entries, and charts that assist in understanding state and regional government. The set is divided into four parts: the first part begins with the operation of government, the second gives state profiles organized by region, the third is made up of over 180 articles focusing on political theory and behavior, and the fourth part concludes with detailed statistics. This ambitious study also covers hot topics and current events, including, for example, same-sex marriage and eminent domain. Written in a clear, concise manner, the work is enhanced by numerous tables.
—Bobbie Wrinkle

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—These volumes present a comprehensive look at the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories by comparing and contrasting their governments. Part one presents topical essays on key concepts of state government. Next are descriptions of each state and territory, which include a brief historical overview and an essay outlining the political environment; elections and voting behavior; the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; intergovernmental relations; state-tribal relations (where applicable); and long-term issues and policy trends. Articles include a state map; a graph illustrating partisan distribution of presidential election results, 1988–2004; and sidebars detailing voting behavior, political history, and other topics. Each entry ends with a bibliography and further-reading suggestions. Part three offers 180 alphabetical articles that examine a plethora of subjects, including political theory, government functions, and political behavior. The book closes with 18 statistical tables that compare states' populations, growth rates, and economic outputs. This handy reference will be useful to students learning about their home state or territory, or researching comparative governments. Topics can be lofty and quite specific but also intriguing—details such as how many constitutions a state has had, whether its legislature is full- or part-time, which states provide their legislators with offices, and which put incoming mail under a legislator's seat are all addressed.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872893771
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/3/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1073
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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