Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today's students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

Administering Government Bureaucratic Power and Politics in Virginia

Administering Government Bureaucratic Power and Politics in Virginia

Administering government bureaucratic power and politics in virginia


  • Sources of Bureaucratic and Administrative Power in Virginia
  • The Virginia Merit System
  • Measuring Effectiveness and Improving Efficiency
  • Conclusion

The scope of state government activities in the United States has gradually increased during the last century—from the number of state agencies to the number of individuals working in those agencies. Citizens continue to place more and more demands on the services received from their state government, and as a result, state bureaucracies continue to expand. It would be difficult to list all the services we receive from our state and local governments. We expect our government to protect us from harm and to help maintain and improve our quality of life through an efficient ...

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