Missouri Government and Politics

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Richard J. Hardy, Richard R. Dohm, David A. Leuthold
University of Missouri Press, 1995 - 416 pages
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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.

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Contents

Missouri in the Federal System
3
Political Culture of Missouri
21
Interest Groups in Missouri
38
Missourians and the Political Parties
56
Public Opinion and Issue Votes in Missouri
70
The Constitution of Missouri
87
Types of Law in Missouri
96
The Missouri General Assembly
105
A Case Study
258
Health and Welfare in Missouri
273
Economic Development Energy and the Environment in Missouri
284
State Agricultural Policy
295
County Government in Missouri
305
Special Districts in Missouri and the Nation
321
The Politics of Planning and Zoning in Missouri
334
Municipal Government in Missouri
345

The Governor of Missouri
125
Missouris Other State Constitutional Officers
142
Structure Process and Reinvention
159
Missouri Courts Judges and Juries
173
Politics of the Budgetary Process
191
State and Local Revenue and Expenditure Policies
205
by Bryan Forbis and Richard J Hardy
222
State Policy Making in Higher Education
240
Politics in St Louis
362
Politics in Kansas City
375
About the Authors
387
Glossary
393
Suggested Readings
401
Index
407
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Richard J. Hardy is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Richard R. Dohm is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. David A. Leuthold is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of Campaign Missouri 1992.

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