9780495802235

State and Local Politics Institutions and Reform

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495802235

  • ISBN10:

    0495802239

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/13/2010
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

In this second edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Donovan, Mooney, and Smith go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. First, the book offers an engaging comparative approach, showing students how politics and government differ between states and communities, and pointing out the causes and effects of those variations. Second, it focuses on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables students to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks them to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages them to consider more sophisticated solutions. STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM is the only text of its kind to dedicate three full chapters to direct democracy, land use policy, and morality politics. Throughout the text, boxed features elaborate on the themes of institutions, comparison, and reform, providing thought-provoking, concrete examples of the issues at state and local levels so that students can understand how institutions and systems effect individuals. New "You Decide" boxes and Discussion Questions at the end of each chapter ask students to apply critical thinking to the subject at hand. In addition, vivid tables, maps, graphs, and photographs provide the visual tools that students need to process detailed comparative data about the states. Written by three young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Second Edition, incorporates into the course the most recent scholarship available, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides.

Table of Contents

Introduction to State and Local Politics
Federalism: State Politics within a Federal System
Participation, Elections, and Representation
State and Local Direct Democracy
Political Parties
Interest Groups
State Legislatures
Governors and the Executive Branch
The Court System
State and Local Fiscal Policy
The Structure of Municipal Governments
The Politics of Place
Morality Politics
Social Welfare and Health Care Politics
Education Politics
Glossary
Index
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