Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government

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Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government brings together in one volume some of the best available scholarly research, both new and not so new, on a wide range of topics and issues of interest to students of politics and government in the Natural State. The twenty-one articles are arranged in four sections, ranging from the state’s socioeconomic and political context to the workings of its policymaking institutions and the key policy puzzles facing the state in the early twenty-first century. Some of the topics covered include demographics, legislation, issues of church and state, the role of African Americans in the legislature, term limits, constitutional reform, civil rights, and education reform. Ideal for use in introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, the book will also appeal to lawmakers, administrators, journalists, and those interested in how politics and government work in the state.

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“[This is] a major contribution to the study and practice of Arkansas government by retaining key readings from past collections while exposing us to just how many changes the state’s politics have undergone in just a decade’s time. . . . Destined to become one of the major cornerstones of study and practical application within the sphere of the Arkansas political system.” —David Pryor, From the Foreword
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557289025
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janine A. Parry is associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword David Pryor xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Foundations and Context in Arkansas Politics and Government

Political Culture, Political Attitudes, and Aggregated Demographic Effects: Regionalism and Political Ideology in Arkansas Janine A. Parry William D. Schreckhise 3

The Proposed Arkansas Constitution of 1970 Robert W. Meriwether 17

Intelligible, Honest, and Impartial Democracy: Making Laws at the Arkansas Ballot Box; or, Why Jim Hannah and Ray Thornton Were Right about May v. Daniels Steve Sheppard 39

The Antievolution Law: Church and State in Arkansas Cal Ledbetter 63

Low Villains and Wickedness in High Places: Race and Class in the Elaine Race Riots Jeannie M. Whayne 85

A Place at the Table: Hot Springs and the GI Revolt Patsy Hawthorn Ramsey 105

Part II Policymaking Institutions in Arkansas Politics and Government

"The Great Negro State of the Country"?: Black Legislators in ArkansasJ 1973-2000 Janine A. Parry William H. Miller 127

Term Limits in Arkansas: Opportunities and Consequences Art English 157

Arkansas Governors in the Twentieth Century: A Ranking and Analysis Cal Ledbetter C. Fred Williams 167

A Practitioner's Guide to Arkansas's New Judicial Article Larry Brady J. D. Gingerich 187

History, Political Culture, and Constitutional Reform in Arkansas Gary D. Wekkin Donald E. Whistler 197

Part III Practicing Politics in Arkansas Politics and Government

Orval E. Faubus: Out of Socialism into Realism Roy Reed 217

Noblesse Oblige and Practical Politics: Winthrop Rockefeller and the Civil Rights Movement Cathy Kunzinger Urwin 233

The Arkansas Electorate Jim Ranchino 251

"What WomenWanted" Arkansas Women's Commissions and the ERA Janine A. Parry 265

A Crime Unfit to Be Named: Arkansas and Sodomy W. Brock Thompson 293

The Big Three of Late-Twentieth-Century Arkansas Politics: Dale Bumpers, Bill Clinton, and David Pryor Diane D. Blair 307

Outsiders and the Amateur Legislature: A Case Study of Legislative Politics Arthur English John J. Carroll 327

Part IV Policy Issues and Political Patterns for the Twenty-first Century in Arkansas Politics and Government

Arkansas: More Signs of Momentum for Republicanism in Post-"Big Three" Arkansas Jay Barth 343

Arkansas: Still Swingin' in 2004 Jay Barth Janine Parry 361

Education Reform in Arkansas: Hitting a Moving Target Gary W. Ritter 385

Notes 405

Contributors 463

Index 467

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