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Maryland Politics and Government, Maryland Politics and Government, 0803237901, 0-8032-3790-1, 978-0-8032-3790-2, 9780803237902, Herbert C. Smith and John T. Willis , Politics and Governments of the American States, Maryland Politics and Government, 0803238436, 0-8032-3843-6, 978-0-8032-3843-5, 9780803238435, Herbert C. Smith and John T. Willis , Politics and Governments of the American State

Maryland Politics and Government
Democratic Dominance
Herbert C. Smith and John T. Willis

2012. 400 pp.
$35.00 s

Tucked between the larger commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and overshadowed by the political maneuverings of its neighbor, Washington, D.C., Maryland has often been overlooked and neglected in studies of state governmental systems. With the publication of Maryland Politics and Government, the challenging demographic diversity, geographic variety, and dynamic Democratic pragmatism of Maryland finally get their due.

Two longtime political analysts, Herbert C. Smith and John T. Willis, conduct a sustained inquiry into topics including the Maryland identity, political history, and interest groups; the three branches of state government; and policy areas such as taxation, spending, transportation, and the environment. Smith and Willis also establish a “Two Marylands” model that explains the dominance of the Maryland Democratic Party, established in the post–Civil War era, that persists to this day even in a time of political polarization. Unique in its scope, detail, and coverage, Maryland Politics and Government sets the standard for understanding the politics of the Free State (or, alternately, the Old Line State) for years to come.

Herbert C. Smith is a professor of political science and international studies at McDaniel College. He has written numerous articles of political commentary published in the Baltimore Sun and works as a campaign consultant and television political analyst. John T. Willis is an executive in residence and director of the government and public policy program at the University of Baltimore. The author of Presidential Elections in Maryland, he has served as a party official at the local, state, and national level and was Maryland’s secretary of state from 1995 to 2003.

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