Politics and Public Policy in Hawai'i

Edited by Zachary A. Smith & Richard Pratt

Subjects: Political Science
Paperback : 9780791409503, 273 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791409497, 273 pages, July 1992

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Zachary Smith and Richard Pratt

Part I: The Policy Environment

1. Policy Control: Institutionalized Centralization in the Fiftieth State

Norman Meller

2. The State Economy

David L. Hammes, Ronald A. Oliveira, and Marcia Sakai

3. Social Dynamics of the Aloha State: The Population of Hawai'i

Jeffrey L. Crane and Alton M. Okinaka

Part II: Policy Processes

4. Blood Runs Thick: Ethnicity as a Factor in Hawai'i's Politics

Dan Boylan

5. Policy in Hawai'i: The Budget

Deane Neubauer

6. Resolving Policy Conflicts in Hawai'i through Mediation

Peter S. Adler

Part III: Policy Issues

7. Environmental Quality in America's Tropical Paradise

Richard J. Tobin and Dean Higuchi

8. Dealing with Scarcity: Land Use and Planning

David L. Callies

9. The Politics of Housing in Hawai'i

Kem Lowry

10. Planning for Rapid Transit on Oahu: Another Great Planning Disaster?

Karl E. Kim

11. Tourism in Hawai'i: Economic Issues for the 1990s and Beyond

James Mak and Marcia Sakai

12. Crime and Justice in Hawai'i

A. Didrick Castberg

13. Education in Hawai'i: Balancing Equity and Progress

Thomas W. Bean and Jan Zulich

14. Hawai'i Labor: The Social Relations of Production

Edward D. Beechert

15. Kupa'a Aina: Native Hawaiian Nationalism in Hawai'i

Haunani-Kay Trask




Hawai'i is of special interest as a state because its history differs so greatly from that of the other United States and because its social and political institutions are unique. It is, for example, the only state that has no incorporated villages, towns, or cities, and it has the most centralized system of governance of any U. S. state.

This book addresses policy topics of importance to Hawai'i and other communities facing rapid growth, unsettling change, and a new economic environment. The authors describe the policy formation process characteristic of the island state, the formal institutional environment, and significant policy issues. The latter include social and ethnic dynamics, land use, housing, crime, natural resources, budgetary politics, and the situation of contemporary Hawai'ians. The chapters are tied together by the comparative, historical, and prospective approach that characterize each analysis, and by the interpretive comments of editors Smith and Pratt.

Zachary Smith is Director of the Public Administration Program and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Northern Arizona University. Richard Pratt is Director of the Public Administration Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.