Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions

CQ Press, 2009



Don Haider-Markel, University of Kansas



Best of Reference Resource, NY Public Library, 2010

Library Journal Best Reference 2009



The Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions answers critical questions about how the American federal system operates. Its treatment is three-part:


  • Introductory essays on such topics as expanding role of the states in policy experimentation and the history and importance of state constitutions in the U.S. federal system.
  • Detailed articles on the politics and government of each state, covering all political culture and history, the three branches of government, intergovernmental relations, current issues, and much more.
  • An A to Z section exploring government bodies, political theory and practice, and policy areas important to states, regions, and the federal system as a whole.

As the only resource to combine detailed analysis of each state's political scene and governmental practice with general encyclopedic coverage of topics important to all states, this 2-volume set breaks new ground.


Review Quotes

"If you find yourself constantly wading through various reference books to locate in-depth data on state government, then look no further than this comprehensive set." --Library Journal


"Haider-Markel has done an admirable job.... Recommended for academic and public libraries." --Booklist


"This resource is well composed and provides a trustworthy overview of state political issues. The topical bibliographies provide a valuable avenue to deeper reading. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." --Choice


"CQ Press has produced another quality political science reference set... suitable for public and academic libraries." --American Reference Books Annual


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