Maine Politics and Government, Second Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||UNP - Nebraska Paperback|
|Series:||Politics and Governments of the American States Series|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Kenneth T. Palmer is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine.
G. Thomas Taylor is a professor of public administration at the University of Maine.
Marcus A. LiBrizzi is an associate professor of English at the University of Maine, Machias.
Jean E. Lavigne has taught at the University of Maine and was the director of Graduate Programs in Public Administration.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Maps
Authors’ Preface to Second Edition
Authors’ Preface to First Edition
State of the State
Maine’s Political Culture: The New England Frontier
Maine’s Traditional Politics and Its Transformation
Contemporary Maine Politics
The Constitutional Tradition
The State Legislature
The Governor and the Administration
The Court System
Maine’s Budget as Policy
Contemporary Policy Concerns
Maine in the Federal System
Substate Regionalism and State-Local Relations
Maine Documents and Sources