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The Essentials version of State and Local Government shares its thematic structure and approach with the bestselling full-length text of the same name, providing condensed yet comprehensive coverage of local government and public policy issues. The authors explain the structures of state and local government--including historical perspective--as well as the function of each in the current political scene. Through engaging coverage of current events and an accessible writing style, the text fosters student interest and involvement in state and local politics and policy. For instructors who prefer a more streamlined text or for those who teach one-semester courses, The Essentials features six fewer chapters than its full-length counterpart--and a limited focus on policy.
Table of Contents
|New Directions for State and Local Government||p. 1|
|Studying State and Local Government in the Twenty-First Century||p. 2|
|The Capacity of States and Localities||p. 4|
|The People: Designers and Consumers of Government||p. 12|
|Linking Capacity to Results||p. 18|
|Chapter Recap||p. 18|
|Federalism and the States||p. 20|
|The Concept of Federalism||p. 22|
|The History of U.S. Federalism||p. 24|
|Models of Federalism||p. 32|
|Intergovernmental Relations||p. 35|
|Federal Purse Strings||p. 38|
|The Future of Federalism||p. 42|
|Chapter Recap||p. 44|
|State Constitutions||p. 46|
|The Evolution of State Constitutions||p. 47|
|Weaknesses of Constitutions||p. 51|
|Constitutional Reform||p. 55|
|Methods for Constitutional Change||p. 59|
|State Responsiveness and Constitutional Reform||p. 64|
|Chapter Recap||p. 65|
|Citizen Participation and Elections||p. 67|
|Direct Democracy||p. 78|
|Citizen Access to Government||p. 82|
|The Effects of Citizen Participation||p. 85|
|Chapter Recap||p. 87|
|Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns||p. 89|
|Political Parties||p. 89|
|Interest Groups||p. 96|
|Political Campaigns||p. 104|
|Chapter Recap||p. 111|
|State Legislatures||p. 113|
|The Essence of Legislatures||p. 113|
|Legislative Dynamics||p. 115|
|Legislative Behavior||p. 123|
|How a Bill Becomes Law (or Not)||p. 125|
|Legislative Reform and Capacity||p. 128|
|Relationship with the Executive Branch||p. 132|
|Legislatures and Capacity||p. 136|
|Chapter Recap||p. 136|
|The Office of Governor||p. 139|
|The Roles of the Governor: Duties and Responsibilities||p. 142|
|Formal Powers of the Governor||p. 149|
|Informal Powers||p. 158|
|Removal from Office||p. 161|
|Other Executive Branch Officials||p. 162|
|The Capability of U.S. Governor||p. 164|
|Chapter Recap||p. 164|
|Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Delivery||p. 166|
|Public Employees in State and Local Government: Who They Are, What They Do||p. 168|
|Budgeting in State and Local Government||p. 168|
|Human Resource Policy in State and Local Government: From Patronage to Merit||p. 176|
|The Politics of Bureaucracy||p. 185|
|Reinventing Government||p. 187|
|The Quality of Public Administration||p. 191|
|Chapter Recap||p. 193|
|The Judiciary||p. 195|
|The Structure of State Court Systems||p. 196|
|How Judges Are Selected||p. 200|
|Judicial Decisionmaking||p. 209|
|Judicial Federalism||p. 214|
|Administrative and Organizational Improvements||p. 216|
|Crime and Criminal Justice||p. 219|
|Chapter Recap||p. 221|
|State-Local Relations||p. 223|
|The Distribution of Authority||p. 224|
|State-Local Organizations||p. 230|
|Metropolitics: A New Challenge For State Government||p. 231|
|States and Their Rural Communities||p. 239|
|The Interaction of States and Localities||p. 240|
|Chapter Recap||p. 241|
|Local Government: Structure and Leadership||p. 243|
|Five Types of Local Governments||p. 243|
|Leadership in Local Government||p. 256|
|Communities and Governance||p. 266|
|Chapter Recap||p. 266|
|Taxing and Spending||p. 269|
|The Principles of Finance||p. 270|
|The Political Economy of Taxation||p. 284|
|Managing Money||p. 291|
|State and Local Spending||p. 294|
|Current Issues in State and Local Finance||p. 298|
|Chapter Recap||p. 298|
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