The Basics of American Government 3E

Summary: Georgia Public Policy Supplement

For use in conjunction with Chapters 12 and 13
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Written by: Maria J. Albo, and Mary Catherine Beutel (student contributor)

The 1996 Olympic Torch in Atlanta, GA. By Chad Thiele. CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons.The state of Georgia has emerged as an important player in policy decisions over the past several decades. Georgia experienced a major population (and economic) boom in the 1990s with its business friendly laws and relatively inexpensive housing. The capital city of Atlanta gained worldwide attention in 1996 hosting the Olympics. The state at one time leaned Democratic but Republicans gained the majority in the late 1990s. Today the “right” dominates Peach State politics with political powerhouses like Representative Newt Gingrich leading the “Republican Revolution” with his election as Speaker of the House in 1995 and his popular “Contract with America”. In 2002 Georgians elected Sonny Perdue to serve as the first Republican governor since the Reconstruction Era, further strengthening conservative ideology within the state. The next Governor, Nathan Deal, was also a Republican who formerly represented Georgia’s 9th Congressional District (which includes the University of North Georgia) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nathan Deal was elected to Congress in 1993 as a Democrat and then switched to a Republican in 1995 (reportedly because he was inspired fellow Georgian Gingrich’s “Contract with America”). Deal took office in 2010 as Governor of Georgia and was reelected in 2014 (Office of the Governor, 2016). Despite his party allegiance, Deal at times moved away from the conservative agenda and acted as a trustee of the state (see chapter seven) in his role as Governor.

The counties in the state of Georgia. Public Doman, via Wikimedia Commons.


Georgia Public Policy: Chapter Supplement

I. The state of Georgia has emerged as an important policy player over the past several decades
A. Georgia as a “red state”
B. Sonny Purdue
C. Nathan Deal
D. A Blue wave?
II. GA Public Policy: Business
A. The Great Recession
B. Georgia names #1 state in USA to do business
III. GA Industries:
A. Film Industry
B. Automotive Industry
C. Agribusiness (included breweries and brew pubs)
IV. GA Public Policy: Education
A. Zell Miller’s HOPE Grant legacy (1993)
B. Complete College Georgia (2001)
C. eCore
V. GA Public Policy :Criminal Justice Reform
A. SB367 “is bill increased access to charter schools in Georgia’s prison system and seeks to address the ‘school to prison pipeline”. Governor Nathan Deal
B. Case Study: Campus Carry (written by Mary Catherine Beutel)
1. Trustee v Delegate representation in the Deal administration


For Further Reading

Please see the References for the suppemental chapter for Georgia on pages 391-394 of the textbook for primary sources and readings.

Website: Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

This supplement was designed to be used in conjunction with Chapter 12 (Public Policy), and Chapter 13 (State and Local Governments).