By David R. Berman
Arizona Politics & Government analyzes the development & operation of one of the country's fastest-growing states. The author cogently explains the distinctive history & culture of Arizona politics, thoroughly describing the development, structure, & operation of major components of the governing system. According to the author, three forces have shaped the history, structure, & present character of Arizona politics: autonomy, derived from the traditional western individualiism of settlers, has deeply influenced the role of their government, their views of outsiders, & intergovernmental relations. Concerns about democracy produced several progressive reforms in the early twentieth century, heightened awareness of the dangers of special-interest influence & corruption, & resulted in a long struggle to open the political system. A quest for economic development has been another major force in state politics, becoming especially significant during the last few decades.