Politics and Policy in States and Communities

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-29
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This up-to-date, highly-readable text for the state and local politics course focuses on twin perspectives: the political economy of state and local politics and the impact of political reformism on states and communities. This book explores the dynamics of state and community politics, the methods citizens use to influence public officials, the major issues facing states and localities, and how the institutions of state and local government have changed over the years.

Table of Contents

Introduction to State and Community Politics
The Constitutional Environment of State and Local Governments
The Intergovernmental Framework for State and Community Politics
Channels of Citizen Influence: Participation, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups
Channels of Citizen Influence: the Ballot Box, Parties, and Direct Action
The Institutions of Local Government
The Dynamics of Community Politics
State Legislatures and Public Policy
Governors and the Challenge of Executive Leadership
Administrators and the Implementation of Policy
Courts, Crime, and Corrections in American States
Financing State and Local Governments
Poverty and Social Welfare Policies
Infrastructure Policies: Transportation and Housing and Community Development
Regulating the Environment
State and Community Economic Development Policies
Career Prospects in State and Local Government
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