Hawai'i Politics and Government An American State in a Pacific World

ISBN-10: 080328750X
ISBN-13: 9780803287501
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 311
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Hawai’i is in many ways the most unique of the American states. Distinguished by its unusual beauty, ethnic diversity, and lingering image as a paradise, Hawai’i is special for other important, but less apparent, reasons. It is the only American state to have evolved from a kingdom, the only state with no jurisdictions below the level of county, the only state in which Caucasians have never been in the majority, and the only state whose historic identity and contemporary relationships are as much with Asia and the Pacific as with the rest of the United States. The nature and trajectory of Hawaiian politics spring from the interaction of these unique elements with more traditional American cultural practices, institutions, and political processes. Also shaping past and present politics are multiple collisions among Native Hawaiians, western missionaries and businessmen, and Asian immigrants.Hawai’i Politics and Governmentbrings together information on historical development, ethnic relations, public institutions, political culture, and current issues to discover both the similarities and the differences between Hawai’i and the rest of the country.

List of Tables
Series Preface
Preface
Note on Spelling and Terminology
Change and Continuity
From Kingdom to the Edge of Statehood
Cultural Relations and Political Culture
Hawai'i's Relations with the Outside World
Constitutional Development
Public Participation and Political Parties
Courts, Values, and the Law
Executive Power
Legislative Process
Local Government, Hawai'i Style
Continuities in Public Issues
Images of the Future of Paradise
Suggestions for Further Reading
Notes
Index

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