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.

Municipalities and Metropolitanism Local and Regional Governance in Virginia

Municipalities and Metropolitanism Local and Regional Governance in Virginia

Municipalities and metropolitanism local and regional governance in virginia


  • Municipal Governments
  • Incorporation and the Growth of Local Governments in Virginia
    • County Governments
    • Local Government Revenue
  • Annexation and Governmental Consolidation in Virginia
  • Regionalism in Virginia
  • Conclusion

While we typically think of federal and state governments as the major players in our governing system, a significant portion of public life takes place at the local level. Counties, cities, towns, and special districts share responsibility for the provision of public services to Virginia residents. These political subdivisions of the Commonwealth work to improve the quality of life of the residents within their jurisdictional boundaries or together within a regional framework. Local governments provide multiple services—from hiring schoolteachers who educate our youth to regulating the built ...

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