Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance

Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance

by John T. Willis, Herbert C. Smith

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803237902
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Politics and Governments of the American States Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

List of Maps ix

List of Figures ix

Preface xi

1 The Maryland Identity 1

2 A Maryland Political History 18

3 Contemporary Political Patterns 50

4 Maryland Public Opinion 89

5 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Corruption 108

6 The Maryland Constitution 134

7 The Maryland General Assembly 152

8 The Maryland Governor and the Executive Branch 176

9 The Maryland Judiciary 207

10 The Politics of Taxation and Spending 225

11 "Pleasant Living" Policies and Politics 253

12 Maryland in the Federal System 268

13 Local Governments in Maryland 282

14 Maryland's Future 301

15 Further Reference for Maryland Study 314

Notes 321

Index 363

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