Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2011


Great Plains Research 21 (2011), pp 116-117


© 2011 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Prior to the publication of Kansas Politics and Government, there was no essential book on Kansas politics, policy-making, and institutions. Now there is. It's as simple as that. Anyone who wants to understand the Sunflower State's politics should start here. Most prosaically, this is one more in the Nebraska Press's ambitious series of single-state studies. But Ed Flentje and Joe Aistrup (disclaimer: I write a column for Kansas papers in rotation with them and two other political scientists) have done more than cover the breadth of the state's politics. In their emphasis on political cultures, they provide an effective way to think about Kansas politics and government over almost 150 years of statehood.