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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Dec. 7, 2010

Political science professors co-author book about Missouri government

Jerald Brekke, Richard Fulton

Dr. Jerald Brekke and Dr. Richard Fulton have co-authored a new book, "Understanding Missouri's Constitutional Government."

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University professor Dr. Richard Fulton and professor emeritus Dr. Jerald Brekke have co-authored a new book "Understanding Missouri's Constitutional Government," published by University of Missouri Press.

The book provides insight into the foundations of the Missouri government and its day-to-day operations outlined in the Missouri constitution as well as interpretations and descriptions of the Missouri Constitution's controversial elements.

The text gives a narrative of the operation of state government given the structures of the constitution and the historic politics of the state.

"Students in Missouri at all levels are supposed to have courses in state government and national government," Fulton said. "Teaching state and local government is a natural for us to go into teaching Missouri politics and government."

The book also takes a look at court cases throughout the years and how those cases have defined sections of the constitution. Brekke, who authored the 1991 book "Understanding the Missouri Constitution," used the subject material while teaching constitutional law at Northwest.

The authors said the book will provide valuable insight to the Missouri Constitution that is not found in other texts.

"There seems to be developing now, with the current political climate, more of an interest in state and local politics," Brekke said.

Fulton is professor of political science at Northwest and the author or editor of several books, including "The WTO Primer: Tracing Trade's Invisible Hand through Case Studies." He also has written a column for the Maryville Daily Forum for 30 years.

Brekke is professor emeritus of political science at Northwest. He retired as the chair and a professor of political science in 1999 after 35 years of teaching at the University. Brekke also is a former member of the Maryville city council.

To read more about the book or to purchase a copy click here.

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