Georgia Politics in a State of Change

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-22
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Updated in its 2nd edition, Georgia Politics in a State of Change, explores Georgia's constitution, politics, and government. It combines historical background and the most current scholarship to tell the story of Georgia politics from the state's founding to the institutions, policies, and people changing Georgia today. Written with an entertaining, conversational style, this concise text provides expansive treatment of Georgia politics and covers new ground not available in any other book on the subject.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Georgia Politics: From Talmadgism to Two-Party Competition
Georgia and the Rule of the Rusticsp. 1
The Historic Pastp. 2
Bifactionai Politicsp. 4
"Three Governors"p. 6
Conclusionp. 7
Georgia Geography and Politicsp. 8
The Fall Line and Georgia Regionsp. 9
Economic Implications of the Fall Linep. 10
Geography of Antebellum Politicsp. 12
Geography of Reconstruction Georgiap. 14
Regionalism in the One-Party System at Mid-Centuryp. 16
Population Trendsp. 21
Conclusionp. 23
Republican Rebirth, Democratic Delaying Actionsp. 25
Race, Republicans, and Georgiap. 26
Rebuilding the GOPp. 29
GOP Breakthroughp. 32
Conclusionp. 34
Constitutions and Institutions
The Georgia Constitutionp. 35
Contrasting the Georgia and U.S. Constitutionsp. 35
Georgia and the Bill of Rightsp. 36
From Trustee Charter to Constitutional Colonyp. 37
The Constitution of 1777p. 37
The Constitution of 1789p. 38
The Constitution of 1798p. 39
The Constitution of 1861p. 39
The Constitution of 1865p. 40
The Constitution of 1868p. 41
The Constitution of 1877p. 42
The Constitution of 1945p. 43
The Constitution of 1983p. 44
Amending: U.S. Constitution versus Georgia Constitutionp. 45
The Amendment Processp. 46
Making Change More Difficultp. 46
Conclusionp. 48
Interlude votefordanae.comp. 49
Lawmaking 101p. 50
"Target on the Back"p. 52
Post-Elective Careerp. 54
The Georgia General Assemblyp. 55
Personnelp. 56
Campaign Financep. 60
Legislative Electionsp. 62
Party Leadershipp. 63
The Legislative Processp. 67
Innovation and Changep. 69
Cleavagesp. 70
Staff Support and Resourcesp. 71
Norms Governing Behaviorp. 72
Conclusionp. 75
The Executive Branchp. 76
Governorp. 76
Governor's Responsibilitiesp. 78
Governor's Budgetary Powersp. 82
Governor's Personal Staffp. 85
Lieutenant Governorp. 85
Other Constitutional Officesp. 86
Secretary of Statep. 86
Attorney Generalp. 87
Insurance Commissionerp. 88
State School Superintendentp. 88
Commissioner of Agriculturep. 90
Commissioner of Laborp. 90
Public Service Commissionp. 90
Department of Transportationp. 91
Campaign Financep. 91
Conclusionp. 92
The Judicial Systemp. 93
Georgia's Court Systemp. 94
Trial Court Proceedingsp. 96
Appellate Proceedingsp. 97
Amicus Curiaep. 97
Bases for Judicial Decisionsp. 97
Judicial Selectionp. 98
Judicial Contests Become More Politicalp. 100
Judicial Misconductp. 101
Judicial Officersp. 103
Conclusionp. 106
Local Governmentp. 107
County Governmentp. 107
County Commissionersp. 108
Consolidated Governmentp. 111
Municipal Governmentp. 111
Local Public Officialsp. 118
Local Revenuesp. 121
The Urbanization of Georgia: Balkan Atlantap. 121
Corporate Federalism and Milton Countyp. 127
An Instance of Regional Government: MARTAp. 131
Conclusionp. 133
Agents of Change
Voting Rights in Georgiap. 134
Georgia and Discriminatory Voting Practicesp. 134
Georgia and the Voting Rights Actp. 137
African American Office Holding in Georgiap. 142
Georgia Voter Photo IDp. 144
Conclusionp. 145
Georgiamandersp. 146
One-Person, One-Vote in Georgiap. 146
Racial and Partisan Consequences of Redistrictingp. 149
Redistricting in a New Centuryp. 154
Redistricting and Partisanshipp. 157
Regional Shift in Powerp. 157
Redistricting 2011p. 158
Conclusionp. 163
Linking the Public to the Government
Political Partiesp. 164
Party in the Electoratep. 164
Party Organizationp. 166
Party in the Governmentp. 168
Conclusionp. 170
Interest Groupsp. 171
Types of Groupsp. 171
Who Becomes a Lobbyist?p. 178
The Impact of the Change in Party Control on Lobbyingp. 178
Ethics Reformp. 180
Conclusionp. 182
The Electoral Processp. 183
Primariesp. 183
Presidential Primaryp. 185
General Electionsp. 186
Municipal Electionsp. 189
Special Electionsp. 189
Registrationp. 191
The Act of Votingp. 191
Participation by Ethnic Groupsp. 193
Campaign Financep. 194
Campaign Consultingp. 194
Conclusionp. 195
Education Policyp. 196
Contemporary Education in Georgiap. 196
Completion and Dropout Rates and Academic Performancep. 197
The Evolution of Public Education in Georgiap. 199
Educating the Freedmenp. 199
Early Education Reformp. 201
The Sibley Commissionp. 201
QBE: The Quality Basic Education Actp. 202
The Lottery and HOPEp. 203
Recent Efforts: A+ Education Reform Act and No Child Left Behindp. 206
"Tough Times"p. 208
Conclusionp. 210
Indexp. 213
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