Politics and Policy in American States and Communities

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-24
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Politics and Policy in American States and Communities, 7/E distinguishes itself through its highly accessible writing style, inclusion of unique topics such as tribal governments, extensive discussion of intergovernmental relations, and its focus on the relationship between government and the governed--how individuals are affected by government decisions and how individuals influence public policy ("face-to-face" approach).

As the authors have done in previous editions, their "face-to-face" approach to the study of state and local governments personalizes the material, connects government to students' lives, and makes the material more meaningful and relevant to the student.

New to this edition:

- Discussion of the critical issues of today: economic, health, and environmental

- Exploration of the increase in incidents of corrupt behavior by top state and local officials

- Examination of the new uses of the Internet in campaigns and in raising funds for campaigns

- Consideration of the recent controversies regarding the death penalty and methods of execution

- Analysis of the emergence of the federal government as a major player in education policy

- Innovations of state government to play a stronger role in education policy

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Face-to-Face

Chapter 2: State Diversity, Growth and Decline, and the Contemporary Urban Dilemma

Chapter 3: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

Chapter 4: Constitutions and Charters

Chapter 5: Policy-Making Processes: The Framework for Participation

Chapter 6: Grassroots Participation

Chapter 7: Interest Groups

Chapter 8: Political Parties and Elections

Chapter 9: Governors

Chapter 10: State Legislatures

Chapter 11: Local Government Executives

Chapter 12: Bureaucracies

Chapter 13: Courts

Chapter 14: Crime and Corrections

Chapter 15: Educational Policy

Chapter 16: Social Welfare and Health Policy

Chapter 17: Environmental Policy and Economic Development

Chapter 18: Fiscal Policy and Financial Management

Chapter 19: Responding to Pressing Public Problems


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