State and Local Politics : Government by the People

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This is the most authoritative text for state and local politics.State and Local Politics: Government by the Peoplecontinually sets the standards for other state and local politics texts by anticipating instructors'and students'needs. Known for its esteemed author team who treat each new edition as a fresh challenge,State and Local Politics: Government by the Peopleis the perfect text for the educator who wants students to understand how America's state and local political systems work.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
State and Local Politicsp. 1
Who Has the Power?p. 2
The Stakes in the Political Strugglep. 4
The Changing Face of American Politics: The Growing Diversity of State Populationsp. 8
Participation Patterns in Small and Medium-Sized Citiesp. 8
History Makers: De Witt Clintonp. 11
Challenges for State and Local Governmentsp. 12
Summaryp. 14
Further Readingp. 14
Key Termsp. 14
American Federalismp. 15
Defining Federalismp. 17
The Constitutional Structure of American Federalismp. 21
The Changing Face of American Politics: Immigrants and Federal, State, and Local Responsesp. 22
The Role of the Federal Courts: Umpires of Federalismp. 29
How Other Nations Govern: Different Visions of Federalismp. 30
Regulatory Federalism: Grants, Mandates, and New Techniques of Controlp. 34
History Makers: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquistp. 35
The Politics of Federalismp. 38
The Future of Federalismp. 40
Summaryp. 41
Further Readingp. 42
Key Termsp. 42
State Constitutionsp. 43
The Roots of State Constitutionsp. 44
Amending State Constitutionsp. 48
The Changing Face of American Politics: Affirmative Action in the 2006 Congressional Electionsp. 49
History Makers: John Adamsp. 52
The Politics of Constitutional Revisionp. 53
The Future for State Constitutionsp. 56
Summaryp. 57
Further Readingp. 57
Key Termsp. 58
Parties and Elections in the Statesp. 59
Electoral Politics in the States and Localitiesp. 60
The Changing Face of American Politics: A Demographic Profile of Local Government Officialsp. 61
The Role of Political Partiesp. 62
Party Balance and Imbalancep. 71
Elections at the State and Local Levelsp. 72
The Future of Grassroots Democracyp. 77
History Makers: Hiram Johnson and Direct Legislationp. 78
Summaryp. 79
Further Readingp. 80
Key Termsp. 80
State Legislaturesp. 81
The Legislative Branchp. 82
The Changing Face of American Politics: Women in the Statehousep. 87
History Makers: Jesse Unruhp. 90
Modernization and Reformp. 95
The Politics of Drawing Legislative District Linesp. 97
Direct Legislation: Policy Making by the People?p. 100
The Debate Over Direct Democracyp. 103
Summaryp. 105
Further Readingp. 106
Key Termsp. 107
State Governorsp. 108
Rising Expectations for Governorsp. 109
Becoming and Remaining Governorp. 109
The Changing Face of American Politics: Women Governorsp. 110
A Governor's Formal Powersp. 113
Managing the Statep. 122
Other Statewide Elected Officialsp. 124
History Makers: George Wallacep. 127
The Rewards of Being a Governorp. 128
Summaryp. 128
Further Readingp. 129
Key Termsp. 130
Judges and Justice in the Statesp. 131
The Structure of State Courtsp. 132
History Makers: Judith S. Kayep. 134
How Judges Are Chosenp. 135
The Changing Face of American Politics: Women and Minorities on State Supreme Courtsp. 139
The Judicial Reform Movementp. 141
The Justice Systemp. 142
Courts in Crisisp. 148
Summaryp. 148
Further Readingp. 149
Key Termsp. 150
Local Governments and Metropoliticsp. 151
The Nature of State and Local Relationsp. 152
Counties in the United Statesp. 153
Towns and Suburbsp. 156
City Government Todayp. 158
The Changing Face of American Politics: City Councils Are Becoming More Diversep. 162
The Role of the Mayorp. 163
History Makers: Harold Washingtonp. 164
Who Influences Local Policy Making?p. 165
The Central City and Its Politicsp. 166
Meeting the Challenges of Growth and Economic Developmentp. 168
The Politics of Metropolitan Reorganizationp. 172
Summaryp. 173
Further Readingp. 174
Key Termsp. 175
Making State and Local Policyp. 176
Public Educationp. 176
The Changing Face of American Politics: Teachers in the Classroomp. 179
Higher Educationp. 184
Social Servicesp. 185
History Makers: Jane Addamsp. 187
Law Enforcementp. 191
Planning the Urban Communityp. 192
Regulationp. 197
The Importance of State and Local Policyp. 200
Summaryp. 200
Further Readingp. 202
Key Termsp. 202
Staffing and Financing State and Local Governmentsp. 203
The Role of Public Employeesp. 204
The Changing Face of American Politics: The State and Local Workforcep. 205
Paying for State and Local Governmentp. 208
History Makers: Robert Mosesp. 215
Intergovernmental Competitionp. 219
Assessing State and Local Performancep. 220
Summaryp. 221
Further Readingp. 222
Key Termsp. 222
Glossaryp. 223
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 251
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