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California Government And Politics Today

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Edition:
11th
ISBN13:

9780321436542

ISBN10:
0321436547
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

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 Todayis 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 ix
California Politics in Perspective
1(7)
The Californians: Land, People, and Political Culture
8(8)
California's Historical Development
16(7)
Freedom and Equality: California's Delicate Balance
23(9)
Media Influences and Interest Groups
32(7)
Political Parties and Other Voluntary Organizations
39(7)
Campaigns and Elections: Too Many?
46(8)
The California Legislature
54(9)
California's Plural Executive: Governor Plus Seven
63(9)
Paying the Bills: California's Budget Struggles
72(9)
California Courts and Judges
81(7)
Criminal Justice and Civil Law
88(7)
City Governments: Providing the Basics
95(7)
Beyond Cities: Counties, Special Districts, Education Districts and Regional Agencies
102(6)
Challenges for California's Future
108(8)
Appendix A: Directory of Political Organizations That Anyone Can Join 116(3)
Appendix B: California State Offices 119(14)
Appendix C: Useful Web Sites 133(2)
Appendix D: How to Get in Touch with Your Elected Officials 135(2)
Glossary 137(6)
Bibliography 143(2)
Index 145


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