Governing a Purple State: Colorado Politics and Policy

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Colorado politics and policy reflect many paradoxes.  Coloradans are suspicious of the federal government, and yet are dependent on military bases, research labs, and vast federal lands for our economy.  We have more Republicans than Democrats, yet Democrats have won every major statewide race since 2006.  We are proud of our independent, Western heritage, but most of us live in a Front Range city or suburb.  We love our tourist economy, but hate the traffic jams on I-70 on the weekends.  Barack Obama won Colorado twice, and yet few would consider Colorado a “reliable” Democratic state as we move towards 2016.  With these (and other) paradoxes in our politics and policy, how can we chart a coherent path forward as a state?

For perspective on these issues, we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas E. Cronin, McHugh Professor of American Government and Leadership at Colorado College. He and Robert Loevy, also of Colorado College, recently wrote Colorado Politics and Policy:  Governing a Purple State.  This book has been called “An excellent, comprehensive volume on Colorado’s government and politics by two of Colorado’s premier scholars.”  For this book, they interviewed hundreds of Colorado citizens and scores of public officials, analysts, lobbyists, and state employees.   In their research, they consider the political, social, economic, and geographical realities of Colorado – all in an effort to understand the distinctive character and spirit of Colorado politics. 

About Dr. Thomas E. Cronin
Tom Cronin is author, co-author or editor of more than a dozen books, including most recently Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of the Paradox (Paradigm 2012) and The Paradoxes of the American Presidency (Oxford, 2013). A former White House Fellow, Cronin is President Emeritus of Whitman College and has served on about twenty civic, educational and corporate boards and recently was one of Colorado's Presidential Electors.

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