Oregon Politics and Government: Progressives Versus Conservative Populists

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Richard A. Clucas, Mark Henkels, Brent Steel
U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Political Science - 345 pages
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The political culture of Oregon has long had a reputation for innovative policy, maverick politicians, and independent political thought, but instead of using the term ?progressive? to describe the state?s political leanings, the editors of Oregon Politics and Government believe a more accurate descriptor would be ?schizophrenic.? Oregon Politics and Government provides not only an overview of the state?s politics and government; it also explains how the divide between progressives and conservative populists defines Oregon politics today. ¯ Early in the state?s history, reformers championed many causes: the initiative and referendum process for setting public policy, the recall of public officials, the direct election of U.S. senators, and women?s suffrage. Since then, the state has asserted control over beaches, imposed strict land-use laws, created an innovative regional government, introduced voting through the mail, allowed for physician-assisted suicide, and experimented with universal healthcare. Despite this list of accomplishments, however, Oregon is divided between two competing visions: one that is tied to progressive politics and another that is committed to conservative populism. While the progressive side supports a strong and active government, the conservative populist side seeks a smaller government, lower taxes, fewer restrictions on private property, and protection for traditional social values. The struggle between these two forces drives Oregon politics and policies today.
  

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Contents

A State Divided
1
Place People
17
Oregon in the Nation and the World
30
Parties and Elections
47
Direct Democracy
63
Interest Groups
82
Media
99
The Legislature
115
Fiscal Policy
204
Environmental Policy
225
Health Policy
242
Social Issues
256
Education Policy
270
Oregon in Perspective
287
Notes
297
For Further Reading
323

Governor
134
Bureaucracy
152
Judiciary
171
Local Government
189
Contributors
333
Index
337
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Richard A. Clucas is an associate professor of political science at Portland State University. He is the editor of Readings and Cases in State and Local Politics and the general editor of About U.S. State Government: An Encyclopedia of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches. Mark Henkels is a professor of political science and administration at Western Oregon University. Brent S. Steel is the director for the Master of Public Policy Program at Oregon State University. He is a coeditor of Political Culture and Policy in Canada and the United States: Only a Border Apart? and the author of Environmental Politics and Policy.

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