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Arkansas Politics and Government, Second Edition

ISBN-10: 0803261985
ISBN-13: 9780803261983
Edition: 2nd 2005
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 499
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Published a decade and a half after the late Diane D. Blair’s influential bookArkansas Politics and Government, this freshly revised edition builds on her work, which highlighted both the decades of failure by Arkansas's government to live up to the state’s motto ofRegnat Populus(“The People Rule”) and the positive trends of democracy. Since the first edition, Arkansas has seen the two-term U.S. presidency of a native son, the retirement of players who defined the state’s politics in the modern era, the further realignment of the state’s electorate, the passage of the nation’s most extreme legislative term limits, the complete overhaul of the state’s court system, and the declaration that the state’s public education system was unconstitutionally inadequate and inequitable. While maintaining the basic structure of Blair’s original work with its focus on important historical patterns and the ways in which the past continues to shape the present, the second edition details the causes and consequences of recent changes in Arkansas and asks whether they are profound and permanent or merely transitory variations in symbol and style. Jay Barth argues that although Arkansas currently expresses a healthier representative democracy than throughout most of its history, its political and governmental entities are still sharply limited as effective instruments of “the people.”

The past in the present
Some socioeconomic, cultural, and political explanations
Traditional politics and its transformation
Contemporary political patterns
Dealigned voters and disadvantaged political parties in contemporary Arkansas
The influence of interest groups
The constitution : provisions and politics
The power and politics of the executive branch
The power and politics of the legislative branch
The power and politics of the judicial branch
Arkansas in the federal system : cooperation and conflict
Politics at the grassroots : how democratic?
The politics of state services
Continuity and change in Arkansas politics
For the future : suggested sources

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