9780495505334

California Politics and Government A Practical Approach, Revised

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495505334

  • ISBN10:

    0495505331

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • 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

About the Authors
Preface
California's People, Economy, and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Political Parties and Direct Democracy: Too Much Democracy?
Voters, Candidates, Campaigns, and the Media: The Mix of Money and Marketing
Interest Groups: The Power Behind the Dome
The Legislature: The Perils of Policymaking
Courts, Judges, and Politics: California Law
The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authority
Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policies
Local Government: Politics at the Grass Roots
State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaos
Glossary
Index
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