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Understanding the Arizona Constitution

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ISBN-13: 978-0816520961
ISBN-10: 0816520968
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Tucson-Pima Public Library 'Southwest Book of the Year' for 2001"More than just a citizen handbook or a college text—although it is both—McClory's thoughtful book highlights the features that make Arizona government unique, while clearly presenting the pros and cons of controversial aspects of our lawmaking and governing process. Marketed as 'an authoritative guide to Arizona government—written in plain language,' this fascinating book lives up to its billing. Every Arizonan should read it, and keep it handy for future reference." —Journal of Arizona History

About the Author

Toni McClory teaches political science at Glendale Community College, before which she practiced law in Arizona for more than eighteen years. She was an assistant attorney general from 1976 to 1991, served a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals, and was a judge pro tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816520968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816520961
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Cooley on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Understanding the Arizona Constitution" was an invaluable tool for me as I took an Arizona Constitutional Law class in my 2nd year of law school. The reading for the class consisted of case after case organized by the professor and divided up into different topics relevant to the Arizona Constitution specifically. This book provided a very concise, yet informative background on Arizona's Constitution. It covered the same topics we covered in class and stated principles simply while providing understandable and appropriate anecdotes.

For example, in explaining Arizona's progressive referendum and initiative process, the author discussed the process by which Arizona State University became a university in the mid-1950's. The book also anecdotally explained the recall drive and impeachment of former governor Evan Mecham and the Constitutional implications associated with that process. Summarily, the author explains Arizona's government and its subtle differences between it and the federal government. The author has done a fantastic job in elucidating the intricacies of the Arizona Constitution and, almost more importantly, why those differences exist.

I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for any reference material preceding an academic study (law school, etc.) of the Arizona Constitution.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Howa on May 10, 2005
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This book contains a very interesting history of Arizona, and an explanation of the rights of Arizona citizens under the constitution. It clearly explains the often confusing processes of initiative, referendum, and recall and also details the layout and powers of each governmental branch. The whole book is in an easy to understand, conversational tone. If you want more information on something she talks about, she provides endnotes with explanations and sources. Every citizen of Arizona should have a copy of the book to read and consult. The book is concise, interesting, and just long enough to tell you almost everything you want to know about Arizona's government.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VWgal on January 2, 2009
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This book is written extremely clear and in an easy to read format. I work in an Arizona Government office and the staff of ten share the book when aiding constituents. This book has answers to questions you can't even find on google! Tony McClory, the author, also has updated material located on her website to keep the book up to date with information. This book is a wonderful side book to help you understand and navigate the Arizona Constitution and the Author should be applauded for her outstanding efforts.
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By L. Mickelson on December 18, 2009
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This book is simply amazing. I'm not a politician, nor a lawyer, but I am a citizen of Arizona who votes. And so I wanted to know what the Arizona constitution says. But as everyone knows the connection between the text of a legal/political document and its interpretation are often not obvious. The author fills in the gaps, without requiring the reader to actually read the state constitution. Additionally, the book cover many areas of politics and law that you could never hope to get from reading legal documents such as: quirky historical facts that guided the development of the constitution. It's coverage of the judiciary system and local governments in AZ was also appreciated.

This book gave me the knowledge I needed to be confident about state and local government procedures and how they differ from the federal level that I now feel more apt to engage in feisty debates over local politics (which is always fun). More importantly I feel more confident that when I go to the voting booth I'm actually aware of what the consequences of my vote might be. As much as I like voting, I don't vote on propositions that I don't understand. This book gave me the background info I need to understand propositions.

In any case, I think the book is good enough that it should be mandatory reading for every high school graduate in Arizona. The book is that good! Okay, maybe the shouldn't make that a law - I mean it would be a silly law, but if they did make a law like that then this should be the book they use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Jaggers on December 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Outstanding. Readable and understandable for laymen (and laywomen). It should be required reading for every voter in Arizona. High Schools and colleges should have courses with this as the text.
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By Daniel Diffie on January 2, 2013
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This study guide was very helpful with my class. It is funny how little we know about our own government, until we study it. I recommend everyone get this book, if only to understand what our politicians are supposed to be doing.
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By E on August 16, 2013
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I bought this book for a class and it was very easy to read and understand. I would recommend it for anyone taking a class on the Arizona Constitution
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