Brand: University of Nebraska Press
Oregon Politics and Government: Progressives versus Conservative Populists (Politics and Governments of the American States)
- Publish Date: 2005-07-01
- Binding: Paperback
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The political culture of Oregon has long had a reputation for innovative policy, maverick politicians, and independent political thought, but instead of using the term progressive to describe the states political leanings, the editors of Oregon Politics and Government believe a more accurate descriptor would be schizophrenic. Oregon Politics and Government provides not only an overview of the states politics and government; it also explains how the divide between progressives and conservative populists defines Oregon politics today.
Early in the states history, reformers championed many causes: the initiative and referendum process for setting public policy, the recall of public officials, the direct election of U.S. senators, and womens suffrage. Since then, the state has asserted control over beaches, imposed strict land-use laws, created an innovative regional government, introduced voting through the mail, allowed for physician-assisted suicide, and experimented with universal healthcare. Despite this list of accomplishments, however, Oregon is divided between two competing visions: one that is tied to progressive politics and another that is committed to conservative populism. While the progressive side supports a strong and active government, the conservative populist side seeks a smaller government, lower taxes, fewer restrictions on private property, and protection for traditional social values. The struggle between these two forces drives Oregon politics and policies today.