Tennessee Government and Politics: Democracy in the Volunteer State

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John R. Vile, Mark E. Byrnes
Vanderbilt University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 303 pages
Tennessee Government and Politics offers a timely and comprehensive new survey of the state's political evolution. The book is divided into four sections that cover the state constitution, the three branches of state government, politics in Tennessee, and current issues of public policy. Individual chapters by leading experts cover such topics as the state's political history, the evolution of the state court system, local government and politics, electoral turnout, and women in politics. Former Representative Jim Cooper contributes a chapter on congressional representation, and current policy is discussed in chapters on education, prisons, and foreign investment.
With its concise historical analysis, up-to-date presentation of contemporary issues, and appended state constitution, Tennessee Government and Politics will serve teachers, politicians, government workers, journalists, and interested citizens as an essential reference book.
 

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Contents

PARTI FOUNDATIONS
1
The Tennessee Constitution
7
INSTITUTIONS
25
The Changing Court System
55
Local Government and Politics
76
Turnout and Partisanship in Tennessee Elections
92
Women in Tennessee Politics
106
The Case of Memphis
115
POLICIES
151
A Study of Evolving Public Policy
167
Finances of Tennessee State Government
182
The Political Economy of Foreign
202
Constitution of the State of Tennessee
217
Notes
250
Selected Bibliography
283
Index
291

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Trends in Public Opinion 19891996
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About the author (1998)

John R. Vile is professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues (1996) and other books. His colleague, Mark Byrnes, associate professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of Politics and Space (1994).

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