Custom Enrichment Module: California Government

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2008-12-30
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Thoroughly updated with the coverage of the 2008 elections, the Fifth Edition of CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT offers a balanced exploration of the institutional and behavioral aspects of the state's political foundations. Not only does this text fulfill the state politics requirement of the Cal State University system, but its comparative perspective and attention to issues of ethnicity make it a valuable complement to any general government text. Pedagogical features include a glossary of terms specific to the state of California, chapter-opening epigrams, and an extensive Notes section at the end of the text.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
"America, Only More So"p. 1
Population Trendsp. 1
Dimensions of Conflict and Cooperationp. 4
Democracy, California Stylep. 6
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 8
The State Constitution and "Hybrid Democracy"p. 9
A Different Sort of Documentp. 9
Historical Backgroundp. 9
Direct Democracyp. 12
The Initiativep. 12
The Referendump. 12
The Recallp. 14
Changing the Constitutionp. 15
The Continuing Controversyp. 16
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 19
Public Opinion and the Mediap. 20
How People Think About Politicsp. 20
California and the Nationp. 22
Regionsp. 23
Ethnicityp. 25
The Mediap. 26
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 28
Political Partiesp. 30
The Progressive Legacy Revisitedp. 30
Party Organizations: Structures and Activitiesp. 31
Party Organizations and Primary Electionsp. 32
The Party in the Electoratep. 34
Characteristics and Attitudes of Party Membersp. 34
The Party in Governmentp. 36
Minor Partiesp. 37
Parties and Interest Groupsp. 38
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 39
Campaigns and Electionsp. 40
Partisan Versus Nonpartisan Electionsp. 40
Statewide Electionsp. 41
The Primaryp. 41
The General Electionp. 42
Special Electionsp. 42
Other Local Electionsp. 42
Registrationp. 42
The Ballotp. 43
Vote by Mail and Early Votingp. 44
California's Two Populationsp. 45
California's Two Electoratesp. 47
Campaign Financep. 47
Campaign-Management Firmsp. 48
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 49
The State Legislaturep. 51
Redistrictingp. 52
Membershipp. 54
Term Limitsp. 54
Ethnic Representationp. 55
Leadershipp. 56
The Assembly: Jesse, Willie, and the Strong Speaker Erap. 56
The Senatep. 59
Lawmakingp. 60
The Role of Partiesp. 61
Lobbyistsp. 62
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 65
The State's Plural Executivep. 67
Governorp. 67
Separately Elected Officialsp. 67
Tenure Potentialp. 68
Appointment Powerp. 68
Budgetary Powerp. 69
Veto Powerp. 69
Party Controlp. 70
Other Powersp. 71
Summaryp. 71
Lieutenant Governorp. 72
Attorney Generalp. 73
Secretary of Statep. 73
Insurance Commissionerp. 74
Superintendent of Public Instructionp. 74
Treasurerp. 75
Controllerp. 75
Board of Equalizationp. 76
Term Limits and Political Careers of Elected Executivesp. 76
Organization of the Executive Branchp. 77
The Governor's Officep. 77
The "Agency Plan"p. 77
The Role of Other Elected Executivesp. 78
Independent Boards and Commissionsp. 78
The State Civil Servicep. 79
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 80
Courts, Constitutions, and Correctionsp. 82
Court Structurep. 83
Trial Courtsp. 83
Courts of Appealp. 85
The California Supreme Courtp. 86
Judicial Administrationp. 89
Judicial Selectionp. 89
Trial Courtsp. 89
Appellate Courtsp. 89
Removal of Judgesp. 90
Accountability Versus Independencep. 90
Rights, Liberties, and Governmental Powers in a Federal Systemp. 91
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 93
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 95
Local Governments and Tribal Governmentsp. 96
Local Governments and the Statep. 97
General-Purpose Governmentsp. 97
Citiesp. 97
Countiesp. 99
The Special Case of San Franciscop. 100
Special Purpose Governmentsp. 100
School Districtsp. 100
Special Districtsp. 101
Direct Democracy in Local Governmentp. 101
Contractingp. 102
Councils of Governmentsp. 102
Reorganizing Local Governmentp. 103
Tribal Governments and California Politicsp. 103
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 103
Financing California Governmentp. 105
Trade-offsp. 105
Overview: California and Other States Comparedp. 107
Ballot Box Budgeting?p. 109
Tax Constraintsp. 110
Spending Constraintsp. 111
State Government Financep. 112
The Budget Processp. 112
Where the Money Comes From, and Where It Goesp. 114
Local Government Financep. 115
Surfing California: Internet Resourcesp. 117
Glossaryp. 119
A Note on Sourcesp. 124
Notesp. 126
Indexp. 147
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