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.

Organized Interests Political Parties and Group Politics in the State Capital

Organized Interests Political Parties and Group Politics in the State Capital

Organized interests political parties and group politics in the state capital


  • The Purpose of Parties
    • Party in the Electorate
    • Party as Organization
    • Party in Government
  • Virginia's Political Parties
  • Interest Groups
  • Conclusion

Public input into the political process often occurs through voting and other forms of individual participation; however, organized groups play an incredibly important role in political life. In Virginia and throughout the United States, two prominent types of organized groups are political parties and interest groups. While the three branches of government—the legislature, the executive, and the judicial—make up the formal political institutions in Virginia, political parties and interest groups are often considered informal political institutions, underscoring their significance to politics and policymaking. While political parties and interest groups ...

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