Minnesota Politics and Government

Minnesota Politics and Government

Daniel J. Elazar, Virginia Gray, and Wyman Spano

Politics and Governments of the American States Series

260 pages
Illus., map

Paperback

December 1999

978-0-8032-6714-5

$32.00 Add to Cart

About the Book

For the first time in decades, here is an in-depth look at Minnesota government and politics, providing a useful overview of the history, structure, and distinctive characteristics of the political system in the North Star State. Minnesota’s government is often held up as a role model for other states. Drawing on survey research, electoral analysis, interview data, and political experience, the authors examine contemporary politics in Minnesota, emphasizing in particular its long-standing moralistic dimension. Attention is given to the major components of the state’s political system: the constitution, legislature, courts, relationship to both the federal system and local governments, lobbying, elections, campaign finance, and public attitudes toward taxes and services. Equally important, the authors assess various enduring myths and views about Minnesota politics, including its legendary liberalism and citizen involvement in the political scene, and even consider how its new governor, former wrestler Jesse Ventura, fits into Minnesota’s traditions.

Author Bio

Daniel J. Elazar, a professor of political science at Temple University and Bar-Ilan University, is founding editor of the Politics and Governments of the American States series and director of the Center for the Study of Federalism. His many books include Constitutionalizing Globalization and The American Mosaic. Virginia Gray is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her publications include Politics in the American States: A Comparative Approach. Wyman Spano is a Minnesota lobbyist and coeditor of the state’s long-standing insiders’ political newsletter, Politics in Minnesota.

Awards

2000, Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul Public Library, and the office of the Mayor of Saint Paul, best history book category finalist

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