Arkansas Politics & Government: Do the People Rule?

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U of Nebraska Press, 1 jan. 1988 - 362 pagina's
In this full-scale study of Arkansas politics and government, Diane D. Blair spots many encouraging trends: an upsurge in voter registration and participation, the growth of partisan competition, the increasing influence of women and blacks in state and local government, and the state's provision of more, and more varied, public services.Ý

It was not always so. Blair asserts that, in spite of the state's proud motto of Regnat Populus (The People Rule), an unresponsive and sometimes self-serving elite ruled over an apathetic and often oppressed populace for most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She explains the causes and consequences of changes in Arkansas and asks whether they are profound and permanent ones or merely transitory changes in symbol and style. In this forward-looking hand-book for general readers and scholars alike, Blair considers the distinctive fea-tures of Arkansas politics and the organization and functioning of the state's government.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

The Past in the Present
3
TABLES
16
Some Socioeconomic Cultural and Political Explanations
20
THREE
27
Traditional Politics and Its Transformation
38
FOUR
44
Voter Turnout in Arkansas and the Nation 19481984
54
Contemporary Political Patterns
61
Competitiveness of Arkansas Legislative Elections 19741984
168
TWELVE
222
THIRTEEN
229
The Politics of State Services
241
Summary of Budget Allocations by Function as a Percentage of State
253
Continuity and Change in Arkansas Politics
264
Rural Swing Counties 85
277
FIFTEEN
279

Voters and Political Parties
88
Party Identification of Arkansas Voters
91
Provisions and Politics
120
EIGHT
136
NINE
160
Suggested Sources
285
Notes
299
FIGURES
309
Index
355
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Over de auteur (1988)

Diane D. Blair, a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, is the author of Silent Hattie Speaks: The Personal Journal of Senator Hattie Caraway and of numerous articles on Arkansas politics and government.

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