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.

A Framework for Governing Exploring the Virginia State Constitution

A Framework for Governing Exploring the Virginia State Constitution

A framework for governing exploring the virginia state constitution


  • Forms of Government
  • How and Why State Constitutions Vary
  • The Evolution of Virginia's Constitutions
    • The 1776 Constitution
    • The 1830 Constitution
    • The 1851 Constitution
    • 1864: The War Constitution
    • The 1870 Constitution
    • The 1902 Constitution
    • The Current System:
    • The Constitution of 1971
  • Conclusion

Virginia, like every other state, has a constitution. Virginia's first constitution was enacted the same time as the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776. In fact, it was the first state to adopt its own constitution. Virginia's constitution serves as a framework for what the state and its officials can and cannot do to Virginia's citizens, institutions, and businesses. It sets forth the structure and organization of Virginia's government, limits the powers of government, and protects the ...

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