Tennessee Government and Politics: Democracy in the Volunteer State

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Tennessee Government and Politics offers a timely and comprehensive new survey of the state's political evolution. The book is divided into four sections that cover the state constitution, the three branches of state government, politics in Tennessee, and current issues of public policy. Individual chapters by leading experts cover such topics as the state's political history, the evolution of the state court system, local government and politics, electoral turnout, and women in politics. Former Representative Jim Cooper contributes a chapter on congressional representation, and current policy is discussed in chapters on education, prisons, and foreign investment. With its concise historical analysis, up-to-date presentation of contemporary issues, and appended state constitution, Tennessee Government and Politics will serve teachers, politicians, government workers, journalists, and interested citizens as an essential reference book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826513182
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Vile is professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues (1996) and other books. His colleague, Mark Byrnes, associate professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of Politics and Space (1994).
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Foundations
1 Tennessee's Postbellum Political History: Voting Patterns and Party Identification 1
2 The Tennessee Constitution 7
Pt. II Institutions
3 The Institutionalization of the Tennessee Legislature, 1968-1997 25
4 The Governorship 41
5 The Changing Court System 55
6 Local Government and Politics 76
Pt. III Politics
7 Turnout and Partisanship in Tennessee Elections 92
8 Women in Tennessee Politics 106
9 African Americans in Tennessee: The Case of Memphis 115
10 Speaking for Tennessee in Washington 128
11 Trends in Public Opinion, 1989-1996 139
Pt. IV Policies
12 Education in the Volunteer State 151
13 The Tennessee Prison System: A Study of Evolving Public Policy in State Corrections 167
14 Finances of Tennessee State Government 182
15 State Policy, Global Economy: The Political Economy of Foreign Investment in Tennessee 202
App Constitution of the State of Tennessee 217
Notes 250
Selected Bibliography 283
Contributors 287
Index 291
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