Arkansas Politics & Government: Do the People Rule?
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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The Past in the Present
Some Socioeconomic Cultural and Political Explanations
Traditional Politics and Its Transformation
Voter Turnout in Arkansas and the Nation 19481984
Contemporary Political Patterns
Competitiveness of Arkansas Legislative Elections 19741984
The Politics of State Services
Summary of Budget Allocations by Function as a Percentage of State
Continuity and Change in Arkansas Politics
Rural Swing Counties 85