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West Virginia Politics and Government offers the only recent study of politics in the Mountain State. Combining new empirical information about political behavior with a close examination of the capacity of the state’s government, this second edition is a comprehensive and pointed study of the ability of the state’s government to respond to the needs of a largely rural and relatively low-income population. The authors discuss public demands on state government, the shaping of the political agenda by interest groups, elections and the role of political parties, and the influence of the federal government on the state’s political and administrative functions. The book also examines the nature of the state’s constitution and the role of governmental institutions, including the state legislature, the governor, and the state bureaucracy, in the making of public policy and the construction of a state budget, as well as the judiciary and local governments. The concluding chapter assesses the future of governance in the state.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Mountain State Politics
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Part 1: The Construction of the Political Agenda
  2. p. 11
  1. 1. Sources of the Political Agenda: Geography, History, Economy, and Political Culture
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. 2. Public Contributions to the Political Agenda: Participation, Parties, and Elections
  2. pp. 33-53
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  1. 3. Interest Group Politics
  2. pp. 54-81
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  1. 4. Intergovernmental Relations and the Political Agenda
  2. pp. 82-101
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  1. Part 2: Political Institutions
  2. p. 103
  1. 5. Constitutional Politics
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. 6. The Legislature
  2. pp. 121-135
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  1. 7. The Governor and Executive Offices
  2. pp. 136-150
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  1. 8. The Administration of State Policies
  2. pp. 151-172
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  1. 9. The Budget Process
  2. pp. 173-191
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  1. 10. The Judiciary
  2. pp. 192-219
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  1. 11. Local Government
  2. pp. 220-242
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  1. 12. Policy Controversies and the Capacity of the State Government
  2. pp. 243-265
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 267-275
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-333
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803219366
MARC Record
OCLC
311593451
Pages
659
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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