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Maine Government

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Maine has long been noted for its unique and singular political culture and institutions: a tradition of strong political leadership, a commitment to policy pragmatism and compromise, a distinctively engaged and active citizenry, and a “pride of place” which celebrates and preserves the Maine’s physical and cultural landscape.
Yet Maine is a state undergoing transitions, many of which present serious policy challenges. Maine’s economy, long based on natural resources and industry, has shifted. State and local policymakers now oversee a broad range of public policies and do so with increasingly fewer resources at their disposal. Lastly, the distinctive Maine culture of civility and bipartisanship under threat, as divisive discourse and increased spending from outside the state drives policy battles and elections.
In this course, we’ll learn about these dimensions of Maine’s political system, through lecture, discussion, and engagement with the policymaking process. Participants will learn more about their state political system and their capacity to impact it.
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Instructor Rob Glover
Rob is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UMaine where he teaches a range of courses on public policy, political theory, and state government. He is particularly interested in the politics of immigration, the urban-rural political divide, and democratic engagement. Rob is the 2018 winner of the UMaine College of Liberal Arts & Science Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Advising. He has won awards for his efforts to engage in community-based research in collaboration with community partners. He lives in Hampden, ME.

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