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The presidential politics of this election year is a fitting context for a recent book talk at McDaniel College on the arcane, distinctive and uniquely byzantine political history of Maryland
"Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance," written by John Willis and Herbert Smith is a 432-page look at Maryland's political identity. The book was released this past January, part of the Politics and Governments of the American States series by the University of Nebraska Press.
"It's truly a labor of love," said Smith, who has been a professor of political science and international studies at McDaniel College since 1973.
Sets the standard for
understanding the politics of Maryland for years to come
Then, an in-depth look
at Maryland’s political identity, with longtime political analyst Herb Smith
and party official John Willis, authors of “Maryland Politics and Government:
Democratic Dominance.” Herb Smith is a professor of political science and
international studies at McDaniel College. John Willis is director of the
government and public policy program at the University of Baltimore. He has
served as a Democratic party official and was Maryland’s secretary of state
from 1995 to 2003.
bibliographical references and index.
The Maryland identity
A Maryland political
interest groups, and corruption
The Maryland General
The Maryland governor
and the executive branch
The Maryland judiciary
The politics of
taxation and spending
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Further reference for
Tucked between the
larger commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and overshadowed by the
political maneuverings of its neighbor, Washington, D.C., Maryland has often
been overlooked and neglected in studies of state governmental systems.
With the publication
of Maryland Politics and Government, the challenging demographic diversity,
geographic variety, and dynamic Democratic pragmatism of Maryland finally get
Two longtime political
analysts, Herbert C. Smith and John T. Willis, conduct a sustained inquiry into
topics including the Maryland identity, political history, and interest groups;
the three branches of state government; and policy areas such as taxation,
spending, transportation, and the environment.
Smith and Willis also
establish a “Two Marylands” model that explains the dominance of the Maryland
Democratic Party, established in the post–Civil War era, that persists to this
day even in a time of political polarization. Unique in its scope, detail, and
coverage, Maryland Politics and Government sets the standard for understanding
the politics of the Free State (or, alternately, the Old Line State) for years