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.

Inside the Laboratory Public Policymaking in Virginia

Inside the Laboratory Public Policymaking in Virginia

Inside the laboratory public policymaking in virginia


  • The Policy Process
  • K–12 Education Policy
    • Funding for K–12 Education
    • Academic Achievement in Virginia
    • School Choice
  • Health and Human Services
    • Poverty in Virginia
    • Major Social Welfare Programs
    • Accessing Health Care in the Commonwealth
    • Major Health Policies
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
    • How Virginia Uses Energy
    • Virginia's Energy Policy
    • How Does Virginia Stack Up?
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Federal Government Location and Impact on Homeland Security
  • Economic Development Policy
    • Agencies Aiding Virginia Businesses and Workforce Development
  • Conclusion

Whether we know it or not, public policies impact Virginians every day. Public policy is created at all levels of government; however, the states play particularly important roles not only by initiating a wide variety of state-level policies but also because they implement federal laws and determine how much ...

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