California Politics and Government A Practical Approach

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Taking a unique nuts-and-bolts approach, the concise CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 11E, gives students insight into real-life politics as it vividly illustrates the complex principles at work in state government. Current examples -- including analysis of the 2010 gubernatorial race -- and clear explanations give students a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the California government. Thoroughly updated, the new edition addresses many complex economic, social, education, and immigration issues and their impact on state politics. The tenth edition includes new court cases, updates on the ongoing budget crisis, coverage of the 2010 elections, changes in government regulations, and more. In addition, public policy coverage is thoroughly integrated throughout the text, helping students make connections and see firsthand the impact and practical applications of government and legislation on their own lives. Clear, concise, and straightforward, CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 11E, equips students with a solid understanding of how government and politics really work as well as how they affect the students' world, now and in the future.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xii
About the Authorsp. xiv
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
Growth, Change, and Political Turmoilp. 7
California Todayp. 9
California's People, Economy, and Politicsp. 14
Notesp. 14
Learn More on the Webp. 15
Learn More at the Libraryp. 16
California's Political Parties and Direct Democracyp. 17
The Progressive Legacyp. 18
Party Organization-Structure and Supportersp. 19
Official Party Structuresp. 19
Party Supportersp. 22
Direct Democracyp. 24
The Recallp. 25
The Referendump. 26
The Initiativep. 26
Legislative Initiatives, Constitutional Amendments, and Bondsp. 27
The Politics of Ballot Propositionsp. 28
Political Parties and Direct Democracyp. 30
Notesp. 30
Learn More on the Webp. 31
Learn More at the Libraryp. 31
California Elections, Campaigns, and the Mediap. 32
The Votersp. 33
The Candidatesp. 35
The Moneyp. 37
Campaigning California Stylep. 39
The News Media and California Politicsp. 42
Paper Politicsp. 42
Television Politicsp. 43
New Mediap. 43
Elections, Campaigns, and the Mediap. 44
Notesp. 44
Learn More on the Webp. 45
Learn More at the Libraryp. 46
Interest Groups: The Power behind the Domep. 47
The Evolution of Group Power in Californiap. 48
The Groupsp. 49
Economic Groupsp. 49
Professional Associations and Unionsp. 50
Demographic Groupsp. 51
Single-Issue Groupsp. 52
Public Interest Groupsp. 52
Techniques and Targets: Interest Groups at Workp. 53
Lobbyingp. 53
Campaign Supportp. 55
Litigationp. 57
Direct Democracyp. 57
Regulating Groupsp. 58
Measuring Group Clout: Money, Numbers, and Credibilityp. 59
Notesp. 60
Learn More on the Webp. 61
Learn More at the Libraryp. 61
The Legislature: The Perils of Policymakingp. 62
The Making and Unmaking of a Model Legislaturep. 63
A Little Historyp. 63
The Shift toward Professionalismp. 64
Redistricting: Keeping and Losing Controlp. 64
Term Limitsp. 67
New Rules, New Playersp. 68
Leaders and Staff Membersp. 69
Staffing the Professional Legislaturep. 71
How a Bill Becomes a Lawp. 72
The Formal Processp. 72
The Informal Processp. 73
Other Factorsp. 76
Unfinished Businessp. 76
Notesp. 77
Learn More on the Webp. 78
Learn More at the Libraryp. 79
California Law: Courts, Judges, and Politicsp. 80
The California Court Systemp. 81
The Judicial Ladderp. 81
Judicial Election and Selectionp. 82
Appointments and the Higher Courtsp. 83
Firing Judgesp. 83
The Courts at Workp. 84
Appealsp. 85
Running the Courtsp. 87
The High Court as a Political Battlegroundp. 87
Governors, Voters, and the Courtsp. 88
Courts and the Politics of Crimep. 90
California Lawp. 91
Notesp. 92
Learn More on the Webp. 92
Learn More at the Libraryp. 93
The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authorityp. 94
The Governor: First Among Equalsp. 95
Formal Powersp. 96
Informal Powersp. 99
Ever-Changing Relationshipsp. 102
The Supporting Castp. 103
The Lieutenant Governorp. 104
The Attorney Generalp. 104
The Secretary of Statep. 105
The Superintendent of Public Instructionp. 105
The Money Officersp. 105
The Insurance Commissionerp. 106
The Supporting Cast-Snow White's Seven Dwarfs?p. 107
The Bureaucracyp. 107
Making the Pieces Fitp. 108
Notesp. 108
Learn More on the Webp. 109
Learn More at the Libraryp. 110
Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policiesp. 111
California's Budget Environmentp. 112
The Budgetary Processp. 113
The Governor and Other Executive Officersp. 113
Legislative Participantsp. 113
The Courtsp. 114
The Publicp. 114
Revenue Sourcesp. 115
The Sales Taxp. 116
The Personal Income Taxp. 117
Bank and Corporation Taxesp. 117
Other Sourcesp. 118
Taxes in Perspectivep. 118
Spendingp. 119
Public Education: Grades K through 12p. 120
Higher Education: Colleges and Universitiesp. 122
Health and Human Servicesp. 123
Prisonsp. 124
Other Budget Obligationsp. 124
California's Budget: Too Little, Too Much, or Just Right?p. 125
Notesp. 125
Learn More on the Webp. 126
Learn More at the Libraryp. 127
California's Local Governments: Politics at the Grassrootsp. 128
Counties and Citiesp. 129
Countiesp. 129
Citiesp. 131
Power in the City: Council Members, Managers, and Mayorsp. 132
Electionsp. 132
Executive Powerp. 134
More Governmentsp. 135
School Districts and Special Districtsp. 136
Regional Governmentsp. 137
Direct Democracy in Local Politicsp. 138
Land Use: Coping with Growthp. 138
Taxing and Spendingp. 139
Local Governmentp. 142
Notesp. 142
Learn More on the Webp. 143
Learn More at the Libraryp. 143
State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaosp. 145
California's Clout with the Presidentp. 146
California's Clout with Congressp. 147
Divisivenessp. 148
Controversy over the Proposed Aubum Dam-Case in Pointp. 149
Terrorismp. 149
Immigrationp. 150
Climate Changep. 153
Waterp. 154
Shared Resourcesp. 155
California Today: Golden State or Fool's Gold?p. 157
Notesp. 158
Learn More on the Webp. 159
Learn More at the Libraryp. 159
Glossaryp. 160
Indexp. 167
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