Sagebrush State
Nevada's History, Government, and Politics

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Author: Michael W. Bowers

Format: Paper
Pages: 332
ISBN: 9781943859740
Published Date: 2018

Nevada’s politics are in large measure the result of its turbulent history and harsh environment. Michael W. Bowers’ concise volume explains the dynamics of the political formation process, which is strikingly unique among the fifty states.  Even today, Nevada is unlike the other states in its politics and culture: it’s economically right, yet libertarian, the home of widespread gaming and a 24/7 lifestyle, has a high percentage of federally-owned lands, and has one of the highest rates of urbanism in the U.S., yet is often governed by rural legislators.

This comprehensive and insightful explanation discusses how Nevada’s history has shaped its political culture, and how its government operates today. The Sagebrush State serves as a highly readable and accessible text for the study of Nevada’s political history and constitution, which is a graduation requirement at the state’s colleges and universities. The fifth edition is updated through 2017 and includes the full text of the state constitution with extensive annotations of all amendments to the original 1864 document.

Author Bio
Michael W. Bowers is professor of political science and public law, and former Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Executive Vice President and Provost, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of The Nevada Constitution: A Reference Guideand numerous academic articles on politics and law.

“This is a volume that would be a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of anyone looking for a reliable reference work on Nevada government and politics.” 
Western Historical Quarterly

“This concise work explains how Nevada government actually works and how the area’s history has shaped its political culture.” 
Journal of the West

"A 312 page compendium providing an analytical overview of the state from its inception down to the present day. A seminal work of impressively detailed and documented scholarship, The Sagebrush State: Nevada's History, Government, and Politics is very highly recommended and instructive reading for students of Nevadan history and would make an important contribution to academic library American History and Political Science reference collections." 
The Midwest Book Review

"Required reading for graduation from Nevada's colleges and universities, this volume is an essential primer for anyone involved in or affected by the state's government or political parties."
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