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California Government and Politics Today,9780321129628

California Government and Politics Today



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This is the 10th edition with a publication date of 1/1/2005.
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The Tenth Edition of this brief and inexpensive best-seller offers up-to-date coverage and comprehensive discussions of California government and politics, including coverage of the 2003 recall election and its aftermath. This lively text offers a unique approach to California government that blends political data with economic, cultural, and demographic trends, and analyzes the link between the economy and the political process. California Government and Politics Today is written by a college professor who is also an elected official in California, offering a unique insider's view that will engage and inform students. This completely updated new edition encourages political activism and the development of the reader's own unique political views.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
CHAPTER 1 California Politics in Perspective 1(7)
CHAPTER 2 The Californians: Land, People, and Political Culture 8(8)
CHAPTER 3 California's Historical Development 16(7)
CHAPTER 4 Freedom and Equality: California's Delicate Balance 23(8)
CHAPTER 5 Media Influences and Interest Groups 31(7)
CHAPTER 6 Political Parties and Other Voluntary Associations 38(7)
CHAPTER 7 Campaigns and Elections 45(8)
CHAPTER 8 The California Legislature 53(8)
CHAPTER 9 California's Plural Executive 61(9)
CHAPTER 10 Paying the Bills for the Golden State 70(8)
CHAPTER 11 California Courts and Judges 78(7)
CHAPTER 12 Criminal Justice and Civil Law 85(7)
CHAPTER 13 City Governments 92(7)
CHAPTER 14 Counties, Special Districts, and Regional Agencies 99(6)
CHAPTER 15 Challenges for California's Future 105(8)
APPENDIX A: Directory of Political Organizations That Anyone Can Join 113(3)
APPENDIX B: California State Offices 116(16)
APPENDIX C: Useful Websites 132(2)
APPENDIX D: How to Get in Touch with Your Elected Officials 134(2)
Glossary 136(6)
Bibliography 142(2)
Index 144

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