9780534630812

California Politics and Government A Practical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534630812

  • ISBN10:

    0534630812

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-09
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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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

Preface xi
About the Authors xiii
CHAPTER 1 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(2)
California Today
9(5)
Into the Future
14(1)
Notes
14(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
14(1)
Learn More at the Library
14(1)
CHAPTER 2 POLITICAL PARTIES AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY: TOO MUCH DEMOCRACY? 15(15)
The Progressive Legacy
15(2)
Party Organization-Structure and Supporters
17(4)
Direct Democracy
21(4)
The Politics of Ballot Propositions
25(2)
Political Parties, Direct Democracy, and California Politics
27(1)
Notes
28(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
28(1)
Learn More at the Library
29(1)
CHAPTER 3 VOTERS, CANDIDATES, CAMPAIGNS, AND THE MEDIA: THE MIX OF MONEY AND MARKETING 30(15)
The Voters
30(3)
The Candidates
33(2)
Campaigning California Style
35(5)
Reporting on California Politics
40(3)
Elections, Campaigns, and the Media
43(1)
Notes
43(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
44(1)
Learn More at the Library
44(1)
CHAPTER 4 INTEREST GROUPS: THE POWER BEHIND THE DOME 45(12)
The Evolution of Group Power in California
45(1)
The Groups
46(4)
Techniques and Targets: Interest Groups al: Work
50(4)
Regulating Groups
54(1)
Measuring Group Clout: Money, Numbers, and Credibility
54(1)
Notes
55(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
55(1)
Learn More at the Library
56(1)
CHAPTER 5 THE LEGISLATURE: THE PERILS OF POLICY MAKING 57(15)
The Making and Unmaking of a Model Legislature
58(6)
How a Bill Becomes a Law
64(5)
Other Factors
69(1)
Unfinished Business
69(1)
Notes
70(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
70(1)
Learn More at the Library
71(1)
CHAPTER 6 COURTS, JUDGES, AND POLITICS: CALIFORNIA LAW 72(13)
The California Court System
72(4)
The Courts at Work
76(3)
The High Court as a Political Battleground
79(1)
Governors, Voters, and the Courts
80(2)
Courts and the Politics of Crime
82(2)
Politics and the Courts
84(1)
Notes
84(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
84(1)
Learn More at the Library
84(1)
CHAPTER 7 THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH: COPING WITH FRAGMENTED AUTHORITY 85(15)
The Governor: First Among Equals
85(7)
The Supporting Cast
92(5)
The Bureaucracy
97(1)
Making the Pieces Fit
98(1)
Notes
98(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
99(1)
Learn More at the Library
99(1)
CHAPTER 8 TAXING AND SPENDING: BUDGETARY POLITICS AND POLICIES 100(14)
The Budgetary Process
101(2)
Revenue Sources
103(4)
Spending
107(4)
Modern State Budgets: Too Little, Too Much, or Just Right?
111(1)
Notes
112(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
112(1)
Learn More at the Library
113(1)
CHAPTER 9 LOCAL GOVERNMENT: POLITICS AT THE GRASSROOTS 114(15)
Counties and Cities
114(4)
Power in the City: Council Members, Managers, and Mayors
118(3)
More Governments
121(2)
Direct Democracy in Local Politics
123(1)
Land Use: Coping With Growth
124(1)
Taxing and Spending
125(2)
Local Limits
127(1)
Notes
127(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
128(1)
Learn More at the Library
128(1)
CHAPTER 10 STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS: CONFLICT, COOPERATION, AND CHAOS 129(12)
California's Clout With the President
130(1)
California's Clout With Congress
130(2)
Terrorism
132(1)
Immigration
133(1)
Air Pollution
134(2)
Water
136(1)
Shared Resources
137(1)
Changed Rules, New Directions
138(1)
Notes
139(1)
Learn More on the World Wide Web
139(1)
Learn More at the Library
140(1)
Glossary 141(6)
Index 147

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