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Updated in its 14th edition, California Government and Politics Today focuses on ethnic and cultural diversity, the global economy's impact on California (and vice versa), and the emphasis on political involvement as an essential component of achieving the California Dream. This new edition continues a tradition of scholarly and practical coverage of California government.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
California Politics in Perspectivep. 1
The Californians: Land, People, and Political Culturep. 10
California's Historical Developmentp. 20
Freedom and Equality: California's Delicate Balancep. 28
Media Influences and Interest Groupsp. 38
Political Parties and Other Voluntary Organizationsp. 46
Campaigns and Elections: Too Many?p. 54
The California Legislaturep. 64
California's Plural Executive: Governor Plus Sevenp. 75
Paying the Bills: California's Budget Strugglesp. 86
California Courts and Judgesp. 97
Criminal Justice and Civil Lawp. 106
City Governments: Providing the Basicsp. 115
Counties, Special Districts, and Education K-Graduatep. 124
Challenges for California's Futurep. 131
Directory of Political Organizations That Anyone Can Joinp. 140
Communicating Your Views to Your Elected Officialsp. 142
Glossaryp. 143
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 149
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