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The period from 1819 to 1840 was characterized by corporate reorganization, a reorientation of settlement northward and inland, and regulation of foreign competition. Naval officers conducted a conservative administration. Profits from the colony also declined during that period. By 1833, the Russian-American Company had five administrative units known as counters and two districts with a population of 627 Russians, 991 Creoles (or individuals of mixed Native-Russian blood), and 9,120 Natives. New Archangel (Sitka), Kodiak, Unalaska, and Atka in Alaska, and Ross in California, comprised the five counters.

Carl Shepro is on the faculty of political science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of state, local, and urban politics and intergovernmental relations; he has written several articles on these subjects. His doctoral dissertation on political organizations and citizen participation is now being prepared for publication. Clive Thomas is associate professor of political science at the University of Alaska, Juneau. His major fields of research are interest groups and other political organizations, political development, and state and local politics.

The chapter evaluates the independence, accuracy, and fairness of press coverage of Alaska public affairs and the effects of that coverage on political decisionmaking. Part Three of the text introduces state government institutions. It presents information on the legislature, governor, administrative bureaucracy, and state courts. Chapter 10, by Stephen Johnson, focuses on the state legislature. It explains the constitutional provisions under which the legislature operates, legislative structure and functions, and political factors that shape the legislative process.

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