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.

From Blue to Red and Back Again Voting and Political Participation in Virginia

From Blue to Red and Back Again Voting and Political Participation in Virginia

From blue to red and back again voting and political participation in virginia


  • Gaining the Right to Vote
  • Redistricting
  • Primaries and Elections
  • Voting in Virginia
  • Impact on National Politics
  • Direct Democracy
  • Other Forms of Political Participation
  • Conclusion

Political participation is the cornerstone of democratic societies. Virginia's designation as a “Commonwealth” at the state's founding—one in which power would be vested in the people and laws made for the common good—highlights the ideal of citizen engagement in public affairs. Voting plays a particularly important role in representative democracies where citizens elect officials to govern. Importantly, voting and other political behavior is the product of laws and regulations designed to either limit or expand political participation. In Virginia, these reflect the state's ...

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