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9780803215313

Oregon Politics And Government

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803215313

  • ISBN10:

    0803215312

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

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 ofOregon Politics and Governmentbelieve a more accurate descriptor would be "schizophrenic."Oregon Politics and Governmentprovides 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Acknowledgments ix
A State Divided
1(16)
Richard A. Clucas
Mark Henkels
Place, People
17(13)
Joe Bowersox
Oregon in the Nation and the World
30(17)
Richard A. Clucas
Melody Rose
Parties and Elections
47(16)
E. D. Dover
Direct Democracy
63(19)
Richard J. Ellis
Interest Groups
82(17)
Russ Dondero
William Lunch
Media
99(16)
Russ Donderio
William Lunch
Jim Moore
The Legislature
115(19)
Richard A. Clucas
Governor
134(18)
Jerry F. Medler
Bureaucracy
152(19)
Douglas F. Morgan
Judiciary
171(18)
James C. Foster
Local Government
189(15)
Alana S. Jeydel
Fiscal Policy
204(21)
Mark Henkels
Environmental Policy
225(17)
Brent S. Steel
Denise Lach
Health Policy
242(14)
William Lunch
Social Issues
256(14)
Melody Rose
Education Policy
270(17)
Brent S. Steel
William Lunch
Oregon in Perspective
287(10)
Mark Henkels
Richard A. Clucas
Notes 297(26)
For Further Reading 323(10)
Contributors 333(4)
Index 337

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