Arizona Politics & Government: The Quest for Autonomy, Democracy, and Development

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U of Nebraska Press, 1998 - Political Science - 256 pages
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Arizona Politics and Government analyzes the development and operation of one of the country?s fastest-growing states. David R. Berman cogently explains the distinctive history and culture of Arizona politics, thoroughly describing the development, structure, and operation of major components of the governing system.

According to Berman, three forces have shaped the history, structure, and present character of Arizona politics: autonomy, the push for democracy, and economic development. Arizonans? belief in autonomy, derived from the traditional western individualism of settlers, has deeply influenced the role of their government, their views of outsiders, and intergovernmental relations. Concerns about democracy produced several progressive reforms in the early twentieth century, heightened awareness of the dangers of special-interest influence and corruption, and resulted in a long struggle to open the political system. A quest for economic development has been another major force in state politics, becoming especially significant during the last few decades.


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From Territory to State
Parties Groups Policies
Mixing the Old and New
The Experiment in Democracy
Legislators and Lawmaking
Managerial Values Leadership Politics
Judges Politics Law and Order
Budgeting Taxing Spending
The Feds and Mexico
The State Localities and Indian Tribes
The Arizona Past Present and Future

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David R. Berman is a professor of political science at Arizona State University. He is the author of Reformers, Corporations, and the Electorate: An Analysis of Arizona?s Age of Reform and American Government, Politics, and Policy Making. øDaniel J. Elazar is a professor of political science at Temple University and Bar-Ilan University and the director of the Center for the Study of Federalism.

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