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Beginning with the first edition in 1978,State and Local Government: Politics and Public Policieshas been relied upon to present a concise, readable analysis of the structure and operation of state and local government. In this thoroughly updated edition, Saffell and Basehart emphasize how policies made in state capitals and city halls have an impact on our everyday lives, and they draw attention to ways in which students can become active participants in the affairs of their communities.

Author Biography

David C. Saffell is Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at Ohio Northern University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from The University of Minnesota. He is the coauthor (with Harry Basehart) of Governing States and Cities (1997); the coeditor (with Harry Basehart) of Readings in State and Local Government: Problems and Prospects (1994); and the author of several other textbooks on American government. Professor Saffell has been teaching state and local government to undergraduate students for over thirty years.

Harry Basehart is Professor of Political Science and Codirector of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Professor Basehart is the author or coauthor of articles on state legislatures that have appeared in American Politics Quarterly and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He recently served on the Governor's Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures in Maryland.

Table of Contents

The Setting of State and Local Government Points to Consider
The American States: United Or Divided?
States in the Twentieth Century Continued
State Vitality
State Policy Making Population Shifts
Among Sections Growth in the Sunbelt
Constitutional and Legal Limits on State Action State Constitutions
The States Contrasted and Compared
Intergovernmental Relations Points to Consider
The u.s. supreme court v. the florida supreme court
Federalism as a Political Concept
Creation of the American Federal System
The Evolution of American Federalism
Federal-State Funding Arrangements Horizontal
Federalism: Interstate Cooperation State-Local Relations Federalism Evaluated
Political Parties and Interest Groups Points to Consider
Chapter Opening Story; Is There Anyone Else I Can Vote For?
Political Parties as Organizations
Parties and the Nomination of Candidates
Party Competition and Public Policies
Interest Groups in the States Urban Interest Groups
Political Participation and Elections Points to Consider
Internet Voting--Is It A Better Idea?
Political Participation Voting Election Campaigns
Campaign Financing Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
State and Local Legislatures Points to Consider
Willie Brown And Term Limits State Legislatures
A Profile of Legislators and Legislatures Term
Limits Functions of State Legislatures
Legislative Politics Local Legislatures
Governors, Bureaucrats and Mayors Points to Consider
Mass Clemency In Illinois Historical
Development of the Governor's Office Who Becomes Governor?
Institutional Powers of the Governor
Administration of State and Local Government
Statewide Elected Executives
Executives in Cities Forms of City Government
The Roles of Mayors
Courts, Police, and Corrections Points to Consider
Crime Busters State Court Organization
Reform of State Courts Trial Court Procedures
Judicial Selection Federal-State Court Relations
Fighting Crime Police Activities and Organization Corrections
Capital Punishment New Directions in the Criminal Justice System
Suburbs, Metropolitan Areas and Rural Communities Points to Consider
Will A Republican Raise Taxes? How Much?
Where Does the Money Go?
Where Does the Money Come From Is There a Good Tax
Borrowing and Debt Policies
The Outlook for Revenues
Financing State and Local Government Points to Consider
Merger In Bluegrass Country Urban Sprawl: Causes and Effects
The Politics of Metropolitan Consolidation Planning
Rural and Small-Town America
State and Local Policymaking: Conflict and Accommodation Points to Consider
Back To School Education Social Welfare Economic Development
Environmental Protection
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