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Heartland Tobacco War

Spivak, Andrew L., Givel, Michael S.

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ISBN 10: 0739176927 / ISBN 13: 9780739176924
Published by Lexington Books, 2013
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Title: Heartland Tobacco War

Publisher: Lexington Books

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Heartland Tobacco War chronicles the political and public relations battles between health advocates and forces supported by the tobacco industry in Oklahoma from the 1980s to the present. Michael S. Givel and Andrew L. Spivak draw on previously-suppressed tobacco insider documents and first-hand interviews with key players in the conflict. This story of pro- and anti-tobacco lobbying and legislation in the nation’s heartland especially highlights the unique role of Oklahoma’s “renegade” Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Leslie Bietsch. After decades of political dominance by the tobacco industry, this single maverick bureaucrat in the early 2000s bypassed the usual insider politics of the legislature and employed aggressive public campaign strategies to bring about sweeping legal victories for clean indoor air and tobacco taxes in a very conservative state. The authors examine the Commissioner’s aggressive advocacy in the context of insider and outsider policy advocacy, public administration ethics, the politics of bureaucratic activism and administrative lawmaking, and direct democracy.

Heartland Tobacco War tells a story that will be of great relevance to public health practitioners, historians, health activists, health policy scholars, sociologists, public administration scholars, social movement and public interest group scholars, political scientists, public policy scholars, and anyone else interested in the politics of the tobacco industry.

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Michael S. Givel is professor of political science at The University of Oklahoma-Norman. Professor Givel's teaching and research interests include: policy change theory, complexity theory and public policy, comparative public policy, public health policy, and tobacco policy. Professor Givel's research and peer reviewed publications specifically focus on the evaluation of state functions, markets, corporate behavior and public policy and public administration at the local, state, federal, and international levels. This research has included examining the theoretical and applied nature of policy change and corporate or political actions particularly as it impacts tobacco policy. In 2009, Professor Givel was the first U.S. research and teaching Fulbright to Bhutan. While in Bhutan, he taught graduate classes in public administration and researched Bhutan's unique anti-tobacco law.

Andrew L. Spivak is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches criminology, penology, demography, research methods, and statistics. A graduate of The University of Oklahoma (Ph.D., 2007), he previously worked in corrections for eight years. He is the author of Sexual Violence: Beyond the Feminist-Evolutionary Debate (2011, LFB Scholarly Publishing), and peer-reviewed articles published or forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Justice Research and Policy, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Urban Geography, Problems of Post-Communism, the Journal of Drug Education, Politics & Policy, Public Integrity, and the International Quarterly of Community Health Education. His current research includes topics in prison recidivism, violent offending, juvenile justice processing, tobacco regulation, prostitution, and residential segregation.

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