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Missouri Government and Politics

Missouri Government and Politics

Author: Richard J. Hardy

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826209904

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

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Since the publication of the first edition in 1985, Missouri Government and Politics has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding text. This revised and enlarged edition updates all of the chapters to reflect the changes that have occurred in the state's government during the last decade. Five new chapters have been added on topics previously unaddressed: economic development, energy, and the environment; state policy making in higher education; funding for education in the 1990s; the statewide elected executive officials; and the types of law in Missouri. The twenty-six chapters are grouped into four main categories: "The Context of Missouri Politics," "State Governmental Framework," "Policies and Policy Making in Missouri," and "Local Government and Politics in Missouri." Helpful additions to the basic text include more than fifty tables and figures, a glossary giving clear definitions of many governmental terms, and a bibliography on Missouri politics and government. The authors have become experts about Missouri by serving as teachers and researchers in Missouri colleges and universities, as candidates and workers in Missouri political campaigns, and as officeholders and public administrators in Missouri state government. Their collective experience in Missouri politics ensures that this new edition provides the most thorough and comprehensive overview of the structure and inner workings of Missouri's political system.

Understanding Missouri's Constitutional Government

Understanding Missouri's Constitutional Government

Author: Richard Fulton

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826219039

Category: History

Page: 177

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This approachable, valuable exposition on Missouri government fills a significant gap in the literature on the interpretation, use, and operation of state constitutions. The book provides a sweeping look at the constitutional foundations of the processes of Missouri government and places Missouri within the context of our larger federal system. The essential elements of government outlined in the constitution are introduced, and then analysis and interpretation of each document's articles is covered.

A Guide to the Missouri Constitution

A Guide to the Missouri Constitution

Author: Greg Casey

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 0393283275

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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Contextual commentary guides readers through a carefully abridged version of the Missouri State Constitution.

Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions

Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions

Author: Donald P. Haider-Markel

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 9781452267357

Category: Political Science

Page: 1073

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An essential reference to and expert analysis of government and politics in all 50 states and the US territories This innovative and useful reference fills the need for practical information and conceptual analysis of the roles and functions of state government by providing accessible state-by-state and regional overviews of government and politics. Features include substantive essays; in-depth profiles of each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories; an encyclopedic A to Z section with entries covering the overarching concepts, structures, and processes that are important to state and local government, and politics in general; and a detailed section on data and statistics emphasizing historical and demographic trends that have helped shape regional and state government and politics.

The Christian Right in Republican State Politics

The Christian Right in Republican State Politics

Author: K. Conger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230101746

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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This book examines the influence and activities of the Christian Right at the state level. One of the first attempts at studying the Christian Right comparatively across states, this book offers a new theoretically-driven perspective on how political context and constraints shape the Christian Right s strategy and influence. Based on evidence from in-depth case studies of three states - Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona - and qualitative and quantitative data from a wide variety of other states, its conclusions demonstrate that the movement s strategies and behavior are based on the political opportunity structure of each state, the movement s internal resources, and its ability to utilize threat-based mobilization.

St. Louis Politics

St. Louis Politics

Author: Lana Stein

Publisher: Missouri History Museum

ISBN: 1883982448

Category: History

Page: 324

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There are two defining moments in St. Louis political history: the 1876 divorce of the city from its county and the 1914 charter adoption. The institutions created at these times produced a factional and fragmented city government, thoroughly grounded in machine politics.Stein examines major themes in urban politics over the last century: race, redevelopment, suburbanization, and leadership. St. Louis mayors must deal with the comptroller and the president of the board of aldermen plus twenty-eight aldermen elected from wards. State law says the city must also have eight county offices—offices that perform county functions for the city. Power is difficult to amass in this factional and fragmented universe. In St. Louis politics, consensus building and alliances can prove to be more important than election-night victory.St. Louis's political culture stems from the city's fragmented nature. Its philosophy is often: “you go along to get along” or “go home from the dance with the guy that brung you.” Individual friendships are of great importance. Within this environment, class and racial cleavages also affect political decision making. Although St. Louis elected its first African American official in 1918, genuine political incorporation has been long in coming. Several decades ago, issues of class and race prevented St. Louis from adopting a new charter, with more streamlined public offices.Today, some St. Louisans cry out for home rule and governmental reform. Stein's work helps to demonstrate that institutions structure political behavior and outcomes. Changing institutions can make a difference, after political culture adapts to the new playing field.

Dictionary of Missouri Biography

Dictionary of Missouri Biography

Author: Lawrence O. Christensen

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826260160

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 860

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A collection of Missouri biographies features the life stories of Count Basie, Walt Disney, Redd Fox, Betty Grable, Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Langston Hughes, Daniel Boone, George Washington Carver, Harry S Truman, and other state luminaries.