9780534617400

California Politics and Government A Practical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534617400

  • ISBN10:

    0534617409

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-12-09
  • 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

California's People, Economy, and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
1(14)
Colonization, Rebellion, and Statehood
1(2)
Railroads, Machines, and Reform
3(2)
The Great Depression and World War II
5(2)
Postwar Politics
7(1)
California Today
8(5)
Into the Future
13(2)
Notes
14(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
14(1)
Learn More at the Library
14(1)
Political Parties and Direct Democracy: Too Much Democracy?
15(12)
The Progressive Legacy
15(2)
Party Organization--Structure and Supporters
17(4)
Direct Democracy
21(2)
The Politics of Ballot Propositions
23(2)
Political Parties, Direct Democracy, and California Politics
25(2)
Notes
26(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
26(1)
Learn More at the Library
26(1)
Voters, Candidates, Campaigns, and the Media: The Mix of Money and Marketing
27(13)
The Voters
27(1)
The Candidates
28(2)
Campaigning California Style
30(5)
The Media in California Politics
35(3)
Elections, Campaigns, and the Media
38(2)
Notes
38(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
39(1)
Learn More at the Library
39(1)
Interest Groups: The Power Behind the Dome
40(12)
The Evolution of Group Power in California
40(1)
The Groups
41(4)
Techniques and Targets: Interest Groups at Work
45(4)
Regulating Groups
49(1)
Measuring Group Clout: Money, Numbers, and Credibility
50(2)
Notes
50(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
51(1)
Learn More at the Library
51(1)
The Legislature: The Perils of Policymaking
52(14)
The Making and Unmaking of a Model Legislature
52(7)
How a Bill Becomes a Law
59(5)
Unfinished Business
64(2)
Notes
64(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
65(1)
Learn More at the Library
65(1)
Courts, Judges, and Politics: California Law
66(14)
The California Court System
66(4)
The Courts at Work
70(3)
The High Court as a Political Battleground
73(1)
Governors, Voters, and the Courts
74(3)
Courts and the Politics of Crime
77(1)
Politics and the Courts
78(2)
Notes
78(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
79(1)
Learn More at the Library
79(1)
The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authority
80(14)
The Governor: First among Equals
80(7)
The Supporting Cast
87(4)
The Bureaucracy
91(1)
Making the Pieces Fit
92(2)
Notes
92(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
93(1)
Learn More at the Library
93(1)
Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policies
94(13)
The Budgetary Process
94(3)
Revenue Sources
97(4)
Spending
101(4)
Modern State Budgets: Too Little, Too Much, or Just Right?
105(2)
Notes
106(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
106(1)
Learn More at the Library
106(1)
Local Government: Politics at the Grassroots
107(15)
Counties and Cities
107(4)
Power in the City: Council Members, Managers, and Mayors
111(2)
More Governments
113(3)
Direct Democracy in Local Politics
116(1)
Land Use: Coping with Growth
117(1)
Taxing and Spending
118(2)
Local Limits
120(2)
Notes
120(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
121(1)
Learn More at the Library
121(1)
State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaos
122(13)
California's Clout in Washington
123(1)
Terrorism
124(1)
Immigration
125(2)
Affirmative Action and Discrimination
127(1)
Air Pollution
127(2)
Water
129(1)
Shared Resources
130(1)
Changed Rules, New Directions
131(4)
Notes
132(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
133(1)
Learn More at the Library
133(2)
Glossary 135(6)
Index 141

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