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Associate Professor J. Wesley Leckrone Co-Edits Book on Pennsylvania Politics

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Associate Professor J. Wesley Leckrone co-edited "Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: Volume 1."

Chester, Pa. – J. Wesley Leckrone, a Widener University associate professor of political science, has co-edited "Pennsylvania Politics and Policy: Volume 1," a book that explores issues of interest to Pennsylvanians.

Leckrone, who chairs Widener's Department of Political Science, and Michelle J. Atherton, associate director of the Institute for Public Affairs at Temple University, co-edited the book to focus on key public and government policies, including education, health care, public finance, tax policy, environmental policy and more.

"The activities of state governments have always been important in the American federal system," Leckrone said. "However, recent partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., has placed states at the forefront of policy-making as the national government maintains the status quo."

The book is a compilation of updated articles from recent issues of the peer-reviewed, online journal "Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy." Leckrone is editor of the journal, and Atherton is managing editor.

Each chapter of the book is written by a different contributor. The chapters are supplemented by forums with arguments for and against contested elements of state policy, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading. The final chapter by Leckrone and Atherton is a comprehensive guide to researching state government and policy online.

The text was published by Temple University Press and is available for purchase online.

Leckrone resides in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from American University, a master's degree in American history from Temple University, and a doctoral degree in political science from Temple University.

Members of the media who are interested in interviewing Leckrone for stories about Pennsylvania politics are encouraged to contact Jessica Reyes at 610-499-4244.

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