Governing the Evergreen State: Political Life in Washington

Governing the Evergreen State: Political Life in Washington

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Overview

Washington State is a place of political mavericks. Split tickets are a source of pride and independent voters outnumber Democrats and Republicans. Washington was first to have a voter-approved, state Equal Rights Amendment, first to elect a woman as governor, and first to elect a Chinese-American as governor. Today, Washington's open primary election system and voter registration process demonstrate it has not drifted far from its populist roots. Governing the Evergreen State provides an absorbing look at an ever-evolving state political and judicial system and presents intriguing case studies. With chapters on interest groups, the constitution, the environment, media coverage, the court system, the legislature, political parties, changing demographics, and more, this volume updates the popular Governing Washington. Fresh discussions and analysis written by academics from universities across the state, a senator, a pollster, a newspaper reporter/blogger, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and a court administrator offer a springboard for further examination and discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874223552
Publisher: Washington State University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cornell W. Clayton is the director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government. He has published widely in the areas of American politics, judicial politics, and constitutional law.

Todd Donovan is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University in Bellingham. His research areas include public opinion, electoral rules, representation, and direct democracy, and he has worked as an expert witness on election matters in state and federal courts.

Nicholas P. Lovrich is Regents Professor Emeritus and a Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University. He served as the director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services for more than three decades.

Table of Contents

Foley Institute Sponsorship vii

Foreword Sam Reed ix

Section I Political Setting and Behavior

Chapter 1 Two Washingtons? Political Culture in the Evergreen State Nicholas P. Lovrich Jr. John C. Pierce H. Stuart Elway 1

Chapter 2 Elections in Washington Todd Donovan 23

Chapter 3 Political Parties in the Evergreen State Kevin Pirch 45

Chapter 4 Interest Groups in Washington Clive S. Thomas Richard Elgar 67

Chapter 5 Progressive Federalism: Washington State as a Protector of Civil Right Progress? María Chávez Robin Dale Jacobson 89

Chapter 6 The Washington Press and Politics: News Coverage in Changing Times Sanne A. M. Rijkhoff Jim Camden 111

Section II Government Institutions

Chapter 7 Washington's Constitution: The Politics of State Constitutional Interpretation Cornell W. Clayton Gerry Alexander 135

Chapter 8 Governing the Evergreen State: The State Legislature Hans Zeiger Sara Singleton 155

Chapter 9 The Governor and Other Statewide Executives Carolyn N. Long David Ammons 171

Chapter 10 The Judicial System in the State of Washington Michael F. Salamone Carl McCurley 191

Chapter 11 Continuity and Change in Public Policy in Washington State Steven D. Stehr Season A. Hoard Christina M. Sanders 211

Chapter 12 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in the Evergreen State Edward P. Weber Ellen Rogers 235

Contributors 255

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