Florida Government and Politics

Series Description:

This series has been expanded and renamed Government and Politics in the South. Please visit that series page.

The case can be made that Florida politics is national politics in microcosm. The impact of Florida on the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the emergence of the South as a major player on the political landscape (and Florida's preeminent role in that phenomenon), and the general acknowledgement of Florida as a political bellwether all suggest a need to explore the politics of the Sunshine State in greater detail. Books in this series will explore exclusively the myriad aspects of politics political science and history, and government in Florida.

There are 11 books in this series.

Please note that while you may order forthcoming books at any time, they will not be available for shipment until shortly before publication date

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Reubin O'D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics

Askew led a group of politicians from both parties who sought—and achieved—judicial reform, redistricting, busing and desegregation, the end of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, the Sunshine Amendment, and much more.

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Florida's Other Courts: Unconventional Justice in the Sunshine State

Beginning with the state's colonial history, Florida's Other Courts challenges narratives that paint Spain's administration of its New World holdings as corrupt, inefficient, and tyrannical, using research into archival records scattered across Spain, Cuba, and other New World sites. 

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Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government

Drawing primarily from personal interviews, Susan MacManus recounts the stories of fifty-one trailblazers--the first minority men and women, both Democrat and Republican--who were elected or appointed to state legislative, executive, and judicial offices and to Congress since the 1960s.

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Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution

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Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State

As a bellwether state, Florida offers a unique and fascinating case study to assess the various effects of redistricting.

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The Failure of Term Limits in Florida

A tour de force examination of the unintended and surprising consequences of the new incumbency advantage in the Sunshine State.

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Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida

Delves into the maelstrom of Florida politics where Bush rose to power to become an unstoppable force in state and national politics.

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Inside Bush v. Gore

The events that transpired within the justices’ chambers--their arguments, exhortations, and appeals to one another--have remained a mystery … until now.

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Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper's Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary

The campaign that changed everything in Florida

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The 57 Club: My Four Decades in Florida Politics

An inside look into the sausage-making process of Florida politics