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Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy
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The cornerstone of the American republic is an educated, active, and engaged citizenry; however, the multifaceted inner workings of government and the political forces that shape it are incredibly complex. Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy is the first book in nearly three decades to provide a comprehensive overview of the commonwealth's major governing and political institutions and the public policy issues that profoundly affect Kentuckians' daily lives.

In this groundbreaking volume, editors James C. Clinger and Michael W. Hail have assembled respected scholars from across the state to inform citizens about their governing institutions, the consequences of their policy choices, and the intricacies of the political process. They provide clear and authoritative information on Kentucky's government and explain significant trends and patterns, exploring the legacy of the state's political history and illuminating the contributions of influential Kentucky politicians such as Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis.

The contributors also address essential topics such as the structure and function of the three branches of government, the constitution, and federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as administration, budgeting, and finance. They analyze key issues in education policy, economic and community development, and health care in great detail, explaining persistently controversial topics such as campaign finance, the cost of elections, ethics, and the oversight of regulatory agencies. From the executive branch to the legislature, from the court system to political parties, there is no better primer on government in the commonwealth.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Clark Medallion Book information
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Sponsors Page
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Taking Kentucky Politics Seriously
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I: State and Local Institutions
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. 1. The Kentucky Constutition
  2. pp. 9-28
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  1. 2. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  2. pp. 29-42
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  1. 3. The Kentucky General Assembly: Divided by Party, United by Necessity
  2. pp. 43-58
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  1. 4. The Kentucky Executive Branch
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. 5. Gubernatorial-Legislative Relations: Executive Dominance No Longer
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. 6. The Kentucky Judicial System
  2. pp. 101-118
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  1. 7. State and Local Public Administration
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. 8. Public Finance and State and Local Budgeting
  2. pp. 137-162
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  1. 9. Political Parties and Elections in Kentucky
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. Part II: Politics and Public Policy Issues
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. 10. Campaign Finance in Kentucky: Escalating Costs and the Search for Reform
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. 11. Intermittent Attention: Political Oversight of Kentucky Regulatory Agencies
  2. pp. 203-218
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  1. 12. Look before You Leap: Louisville's Merger and Its Aftermath
  2. pp. 219-236
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  1. 13. From Fragmentation to Collaboration: The Evolution of Interlocal Relations in Northern Kentucky
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. 14. Education Reform in Kentucky: Just What the Court Ordered
  2. pp. 259-274
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  1. 15. Hiring Practices in the State of Kentucky: The Ethical Conundrum
  2. pp. 275-292
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  1. 16. Developmental Disability Policies in Kentucky
  2. pp. 293-308
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  1. 17. Economic and Community Development in Kentucky
  2. pp. 309-324
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  1. 18. National Health-Care reform and Health in Kentucky
  2. pp. 325-348
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  1. 19. The Politics of Kentucky Pharmacy Regulation
  2. pp. 349-360
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  1. Part III. Kentucky Politics: Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 361-362
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  1. 20. Future Political Developments in the Commonwealth
  2. pp. 363-368
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 369-370
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  1. Appendix A. Kentucky Governors
  2. pp. 371-378
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  1. Appendix B. Kentucky Lieutenant Governors
  2. pp. 379-384
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  1. Appendix C. Kentucky Cities
  2. pp. 385-398
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  1. Appendix D. Kentucky Counties
  2. pp. 399-404
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  1. Appendix E. The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
  2. pp. 405-410
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  1. Appendix F. Henry Clay's 1850 Compromise Speech
  2. pp. 411-412
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  1. Appendix G. Abraham Lincoln's Eulogy of Henry Clay
  2. pp. 413-420
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  1. Appendix H. Jefferson Davis's Inaugural Address
  2. pp. 421-424
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  1. Appendix I. Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
  2. pp. 425-430
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  1. Appendix J. The Kentucky Compact with Virginia, December 18, 1789
  2. pp. 431-434
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  1. Appendix K. The Kentucky Constitution
  2. pp. 435-498
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  1. Appendix L. Maps
  2. pp. 499-500
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 501-504
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 505-510
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 511-532
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