State and Local Government The Essentials

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-14
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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The Essentials version of State and Local Government shares its thematic structure and approach with the bestselling full-length text of the same name, providing condensed yet comprehensive coverage of local government and public policy issues. The authors explain the structures of state and local government--including historical perspective--as well as the function of each in the current political scene. Through engaging coverage of current events and an accessible writing style, the text fosters student interest and involvement in state and local politics and policy. For instructors who prefer a more streamlined text or for those who teach one-semester courses, The Essentials features six fewer chapters than its full-length counterpart--and a limited focus on policy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
New Directions for State and Local Governmentp. 1
Studying State and Local Government in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 2
The Capacity of States and Localitiesp. 4
The People: Designers and Consumers of Governmentp. 12
Linking Capacity to Resultsp. 18
Chapter Recapp. 18
Federalism and the Statesp. 20
The Concept of Federalismp. 22
The History of U.S. Federalismp. 24
Models of Federalismp. 32
Intergovernmental Relationsp. 35
Federal Purse Stringsp. 38
The Future of Federalismp. 42
Chapter Recapp. 44
State Constitutionsp. 46
The Evolution of State Constitutionsp. 47
Weaknesses of Constitutionsp. 51
Constitutional Reformp. 55
Methods for Constitutional Changep. 59
State Responsiveness and Constitutional Reformp. 64
Chapter Recapp. 65
Citizen Participation and Electionsp. 67
Participationp. 67
Electionsp. 73
Direct Democracyp. 78
Citizen Access to Governmentp. 82
The Effects of Citizen Participationp. 85
Chapter Recapp. 87
Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaignsp. 89
Political Partiesp. 89
Interest Groupsp. 96
Political Campaignsp. 104
Chapter Recapp. 111
State Legislaturesp. 113
The Essence of Legislaturesp. 113
Legislative Dynamicsp. 115
Legislative Behaviorp. 123
How a Bill Becomes Law (or Not)p. 125
Legislative Reform and Capacityp. 128
Relationship with the Executive Branchp. 132
Legislatures and Capacityp. 136
Chapter Recapp. 136
Governorsp. 138
The Office of Governorp. 139
The Roles of the Governor: Duties and Responsibilitiesp. 142
Formal Powers of the Governorp. 149
Informal Powersp. 158
Removal from Officep. 161
Other Executive Branch Officialsp. 162
The Capability of U.S. Governorp. 164
Chapter Recapp. 164
Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Deliveryp. 166
Public Employees in State and Local Government: Who They Are, What They Dop. 168
Budgeting in State and Local Governmentp. 168
Human Resource Policy in State and Local Government: From Patronage to Meritp. 176
The Politics of Bureaucracyp. 185
Reinventing Governmentp. 187
The Quality of Public Administrationp. 191
Chapter Recapp. 193
The Judiciaryp. 195
The Structure of State Court Systemsp. 196
How Judges Are Selectedp. 200
Judicial Decisionmakingp. 209
Judicial Federalismp. 214
Administrative and Organizational Improvementsp. 216
Crime and Criminal Justicep. 219
Chapter Recapp. 221
State-Local Relationsp. 223
The Distribution of Authorityp. 224
State-Local Organizationsp. 230
Metropolitics: A New Challenge For State Governmentp. 231
States and Their Rural Communitiesp. 239
The Interaction of States and Localitiesp. 240
Chapter Recapp. 241
Local Government: Structure and Leadershipp. 243
Five Types of Local Governmentsp. 243
Leadership in Local Governmentp. 256
Communities and Governancep. 266
Chapter Recapp. 266
Taxing and Spendingp. 269
The Principles of Financep. 270
Revenuesp. 272
The Political Economy of Taxationp. 284
Managing Moneyp. 291
State and Local Spendingp. 294
Current Issues in State and Local Financep. 298
Chapter Recapp. 298
Referencesp. 1
Indexp. 1
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