9780495006787

California Politics and Government A Practical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495006787

  • ISBN10:

    0495006785

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-19
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT is a brief "nuts and bolts" book with contemporary examples that offer students a real life view of politics while illustrating the complex principles at work in California Government. In addition to introducing California's complex political system to students, major issues as economics, education, and immigration are discussed as along with their impact on California politics. Coverage of interests groups, campaigns and state/federal relations is particularly notable. Furthermore, the text integrates public policy coverage throughout the text, instead of consigning it to individual chapters-making connections and focusing students on the real impacts and practical effects of legislation and other government activities on their lives.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
About the Authorsp. x
California's People, Economy, and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrowp. 1
Colonization, Rebellion, and Statehoodp. 2
Railroads, Machines, and Reformp. 3
The Workingmen's Partyp. 4
The Progressivesp. 4
The Great Depression and World War IIp. 6
Postwar Politicsp. 7
California Todayp. 9
Into the Futurep. 13
Notesp. 13
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 14
Learn More at the Libraryp. 14
Political Parties and Direct Democracy: Too Much Democracy?p. 15
The Progressive Legacyp. 16
Party Organization-Structure and Supportersp. 17
Direct Democracyp. 21
Legislative "Initiatives," Constitutional Amendments, and Bondsp. 23
Political Parties, Direct Democracy, and California Politicsp. 27
Notesp. 27
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 27
Learn More at the Libraryp. 28
Voters, Candidates, Campaigns, and the Media: Mixing Money and Marketingp. 29
The Votersp. 30
The Candidatesp. 31
Campaigning California Stylep. 34
What the Money Buysp. 35
Reporting on California Politicsp. 38
Elections, Campaigns, and the Mediap. 41
Notesp. 41
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 42
Learn More at the Libraryp. 42
Interest Groups: The Power Behind the Domep. 43
The Evolution of Group Power in Californiap. 44
The Groupsp. 45
Techniques and Targets: Interest Groups at Workp. 48
Regulating Groupsp. 52
Notesp. 53
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 54
Learn More at the Libraryp. 54
The Legislature: The Perils of Policy Makingp. 55
The Making and Unmaking of a Model Legislaturep. 56
How a Bill Becomes a Lawp. 62
Other Factorsp. 66
Unfinished Businessp. 66
Notesp. 67
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 68
Learn More at the Libraryp. 68
Courts, Judges, and Politics: California Lawp. 69
The California Court Systemp. 70
The Courts at Workp. 73
Running the Courtsp. 75
The High Court as a Political Battlegroundp. 76
Courts and the Politics of Crimep. 79
Politics and the Courtsp. 80
Notesp. 81
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 81
Learn More at the Libraryp. 81
The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authorityp. 82
The Governor: First Among Equalsp. 83
The Supporting Castp. 89
The Bureaucracyp. 92
Making the Pieces Fitp. 93
Notesp. 94
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 95
Learn More at the Libraryp. 95
Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policiesp. 96
The Budgetary Processp. 97
Revenue Sourcesp. 99
Spendingp. 103
Modern State Budgets: Too Little, Too Much, or Just Right?p. 107
Notesp. 108
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 108
Learn More at the Libraryp. 108
Local Government: Politics at the Grassrootsp. 109
Counties and Citiesp. 110
Power in the City: Council Members, Managers, and Mayorsp. 113
Executive Powerp. 115
More Governmentsp. 116
Direct Democracy in Local Politicsp. 118
Local Limitsp. 121
Notesp. 121
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 122
Learn More at the Libraryp. 122
State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaosp. 123
California's Clout with the Presidentp. 124
California's Clout with Congressp. 125
Terrorismp. 126
Immigrationp. 127
Air Pollutionp. 129
Waterp. 131
Shared Resourcesp. 131
Changed Rules, New Directionsp. 132
Notesp. 133
Learn More on the World Wide Webp. 134
Learn More at the Libraryp. 134
Glossaryp. 135
Indexp. 140
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