In keeping with the state's major demographic upheavals of
recent decades, Georgia politics is an interesting--and sometimes
volatile--mix of tradition and change. In contrast to the state's
rural past, most Georgians now live in cities or suburbs, and more
than 40 percent of the population was born outside the state.
However, religion and race remain issues that politicians ignore at
great peril, and the state still fares poorly in measures of
poverty, education, and voter turnout.
Politics in Georgia uses a comparative framework to
examine four major topics: the foundations of contemporary Georgia
politics, political participation, major political institutions,
and selected public policies.
Material new to this edition includes:
analysis of 2006 state elections
coverage of trends and events since the book first appeared in
an examination of the Republican Party's rise in Georgia
an entirely new chapter on public opinion
significantly expanded treatment of public policy on such
issues as the environment, social welfare, education,
transportation, economic development, and public safety
discussions of major federal court cases that deal with
Georgia-and that have set important precedents for the nation
Throughout, Politics in Georgia compares the state with
the federal government and the other forty-nine states, as well as
with earlier periods of Georgia's political development. The result
is a thorough, up-to-date resource on Georgia's dynamic political
Subjects: Political Science
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