Why does Alabama rank so low on many of the indicators of quality of life? Why did some of the most dramatic developments in the civil rights revolution of the 1960s take place in Alabama? Why is it that a few interest groups seem to have the most political power in Alabama? William H. Stewart’s Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century explores these questions and more, illuminating many of the often misunderstood details of contemporary Alabama politics in this cohesive and comprehensive publication.
The Alabama state government, especially as a specimen of Deep South politics, is a topic of frequent discussion by its general public—second only to college football. However, there remains a surprising lack of literature focusing on the workings of the state’s bureaucracy in an extensive and systematic way. Bearing in mind the Yellowhammer State’s long and rich political history, Stewart concentrates on Alabama’s statecraft from the first decade of the twenty-first century through the November 2010 elections and considers what the widespread Republican victories mean for their constituents. He also studies several different themes prominent during the 2010 elections, including the growing number and influence of special interest groups, the respective polarization of whites and blacks into the Republican and Democratic parties, and the increasingly unwieldy state constitution.
This fascinating and revealing text provides a wealth of information about an extremely complex state government. Featuring detailed descriptions of important concepts and events presented in a thorough and intelligible manner, Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century is perfect for scholars, students, everyday Alabamians, or anyone who wants the inside scoop on the subtle inner workings of the Cotton State’s politics.
1. Portrait of Alabama
2. The Wallace Legacy
3. Social Values and Politics
4. Corruption in Alabama Politics
5. African Americans and Alabama Politics
6. The Alabama Constitution
7. Interest Groups
8. Political Parties
11. Legislative Politics
12. Gubernatorial Politics
13. The Courts as Political Institutions
14. The Politics of Taxing and Spending
“Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century is interesting and informative, and it brings an important topic up to date. Good examinations of state-level politics need to be done from time to time, and there is no comparable work on contemporary Alabama politics currently available.”
—Robert P. Steed, coeditor of Writing Southern Politics: Contemporary Interpretations and Future Directions.
“Alabama Politics in the Twenty-First Century fills a glaring gap in the literature, as there has been no book (to my knowledge) on general and contemporary Alabama politics from a scholarly author since 1988.”
—Steven L. Taylor, coauthor of A Different Democracy: American Government in a Thirty-One-Country Perspective