Alaska public policy issues : background and perspectives /
Clive S. Thomas, editor.
Juneau, AK : Denali Press, 1999.
xii, 360 p.
0938737376 (alk. paper)
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Juneau, AK : Denali Press, 1999.
0938737376 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Few Americans are well versed about the uniqueness of Alaska, a huge, underpopulated state (1990 figures indicate a population of just under 700,000, yet tripled since statehood in 1959). The 27 contributors to this excellent book (all established Alaska experts, many from the University of Alaska network) provide clear, well-organized explanations of the main policy issues to 1998. Considering the number of contributors, the consistency of the text is admirable. It is also free of jargon. There are four sections: economic and fiscal, state services, natural resources and environment, and political and governmental systems. By comparing issues with similar questions in other states, the authors illustrate the unique features of Alaska. For example, they discuss the acute urban v. "rural-bush" division, the enormous amount of federal and state land, native "sovereignty" and ownership, the celebrated Alaskan individualism with its great reliance on government funding (here called "dependent individualism"), and the controversial Alaska Permanent Fund (25 percent of mineral royalties used to provide annual dividends to all Alaskan residents). Each chapter has useful tables, endnotes, and further recommended readings. More maps would have been helpful. The lengthy Alaska legislative session of 1999 has shown the relevance of this book. Highly recommended for all collections. C. W. Arnade University of South Florida
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Understanding and Evaluating Alaska Issues and Public Policiesp. 1
Economic and Fiscal Issues and Policies
The Alaska Economy and Economic Issues: An Historical Overviewp. 19
The Contemporary and Future Alaska Economy: Prospects for Economic Development and Diversityp. 33
The Economy of Rural-Bush Alaska: Structure, Issues and Prospectsp. 47
State Revenues and the State Budget: Self Inflicted Problems?p. 61
The Economics and Politics of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Programp. 81
Alaska and International Commerce: Hopes and Realitiesp. 93
Issues and Policies Concerning Major State Services
Education: Continuing Urban-Rural Tensionp. 109
Health: National Trends in an Alaska Settingp. 125
Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence: Consequences of Alaska's Diversityp. 139
Corrections: Public Pressure, Political Symbolism and Professional Expertisep. 151
Transportation: State Agency Management of a Federal Endowmentp. 163
Land, Natural Resource and Environmental Issues and Policies
Land, Natural Resource and Environmental Issues: The Political and Policy-Making Contextp. 183
Three Case Studies: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Management of the Tongass National Forest, and Wolf Managementp. 195
Subsistence: The Politics of a Cultural Dilemmap. 205
Fisheries: A Stymied State Governmentp. 221
Issues and Policies Concerning the Political and Governmental System
Reforming Alaska's Political and Governmental Systemp. 237
The Size and Efficiency of Alaska State Governmentp. 249
Native Sovereignty: An Insoluble Issue?p. 263
Rural-Bush Local Government: Toward a More Appropriate System?p. 275
Alaska Public Policy Issues and Policy-Making Process: Reflections and Prospectsp. 287
Notesp. 299
Further Readingp. 327
Contributorsp. 343
Indexp. 349
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