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This best-seller stands apart from others of its kind by its comparative approach, patient explanation, concern with policy, and ability to stimulate readers'interest. In a clear, accessible style, the authors demonstrate the important role that American states and communities play in the political life of the nation.Focuses on the sources and nature of conflict in states and communities, along with the structures and processes designed to manage conflict. Includes updates and new topics throughout, with refocused organization; discusses timely issues such as New York City's response to terrorism and the 2000 presidential race. Examines the background and career of prominent political figures. Illustrates a wide variety of current political conflicts, covering issues such as the drinking age and the right to bear arms. Includes informative and entertaining discussion on various aspects of American states and communities such as state birds, nicknames, and ratings for the "most livable" states. provides end-of-chapter "On the Web" sections that direct students to links and additional information on the Internet.For anyone interested in learning more about the American political process.
Table of Contents
|Politics in States and Communities|
|A Political Approach to States and Communities|
|The Comparative Study of States and Communities|
|Rankings of the States:Population Size and Projected Growth Rate, 2000-2030|
|Rankings of the States:Income and Education|
|Race and Ethnicity|
|Rankings of the States:Hispanic and African American Populations|
|The Politics of Immigration|
|Liberalism and Conservatism in the States|
|Rankings of the States:State Policy Liberalism|
|Up Close:Religion and Politics: The Culture Wars Intensify|
|Policy Responsibilities of States and Communities|
|People in Politics: Rudy Giuliani: From the Mayorrsquo;s Mansion to the White House?|
|ldquo;States,rdquo; ldquo;Districts,rdquo; and ldquo;Territoriesrdquo; Did You Know?|
|How the American States Got Their Names|
|On the Web|
|Democracy and Constitutionalism in the States 31 Constitutional Government in the States|
|State Constitutions: An Overview|
|Up Close:State Constitutions and the Right to Bear Arms|
|Constitutional Change in the States|
|Democracy in the States|
|Direct Versus Representative Democracy|
|People in Politics:Arnold! From Maverick to Moderate The Politics of State Initiatives|
|What Do You Think?|
|Are Term Limits a Good Idea? Did You Know?|
|Nicknames of the States|
|On the Web|
|States, Communities, and American Federalism 61 What Is Federalism?|
|Up Close:Hurricane Katrina: Federalism Fails The Structure of American Federalism|
|Up Close:Federalizing Crime|
|Battles in the States over Constitutional Amendments|
|How Money Shifted Power to Washington|
|Up Close:Historic Landmarks in the Development of American Federalism|
|Up Close:Federalism and the Drinking Age: Why 21 and Not 18?|
|Rankings of the States:Reliance on Federal Aid The Politics of Grants-in-Aid|
|Up Close:Which Government Does the Best Job?|
|Federalism: Variations on the Theme|
|What Do You Think? Identity Crisis?|
|Federalism and the Real ID Act Congress and Devolution|
|The Supreme Court and the Revival of Federalism|
|Interstate Relations, Horizontal Federalism|
|Did You Know?What Are the ldquo;Most Livablerdquo; States?|
|On the Web|
|Participation in State Politics|
|The Nature of Political Participation|
|Explaining Voter Turn|
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