Power and Politics in California

ISBN-10: 0205622194

ISBN-13: 9780205622191

Edition: 9th 2008 (Revised)

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"Now in its ninth edition, "Power and Politics in California" continues its tradition of asking Californians to take a hard and systematic look at their state governance, and engage themselves in a critical analysis of what is working, what is not, and what changes need to be made for the state to meet the increasingly formidable challenges it faces." The "era of Arnold" is now in its mid-stages, and the rise of this very different political personality has had significant impacts on the state. This ninth edition provides analysis of Governor Schwarzenegger in context and looks forward to how California's fiscal condition, educational system, and response to diversity will play a vital role in shaping the state's politics in the future.
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Book details

List price: $120.27
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
California Politics: The Immediate and Historic Backdrop
California's Wild Ride: A Very Different Kind of Governor
A Governorship "Terminated"
Is California Still Governable? Some Basic Long-Term Concerns
Politics By Initiative
Demographics
Economics
California Politics on the National and World Stage
Political Disunity
Limitless Demands and Limited Resources
Institutional Change
California in National and Western State Perspective
Summary
References
California's Political History
California Before the Gold Rush
California's First Constitution
The Big Four
California's Second Constitution
The California Progressives
Depression Era Politics
Earl Warren and the Politics of Nonpartisanship
The End of Republican Dominance
California Governorship: No Experience Necessary
California Governorship: Return of the Professionals
Summary
References
California Government's Constitutional Branches
The California Legislature
Legislative Districts
Legislative Functions
The Legislative Process
Powers of Leadership
Leadership Selection
Legislative Staff
Term Limits
Is An Amateur Legislation the Solution?
Are There Other Feasible Reforms Out There?
California Legislature in National and Western State Perspective
Summary
References
Executive Branch
Statewide Elected Officials
Appointed Executives
The Governor's Powers
Gubernatorial Contrasts
Summary
References
The California Judiciary
A Changed Judicial System
Judicial Selection
The Judicial Bureaucracy
Lobbying the Judiciary
The Administration of Criminal Justice
Summary
References
Local Governments
County Governments
Municipal Governments
Special Districts
Regional Governments
The Structural Debates
The Local Fiscal Crunch
Summary
References
Linking the Public to the System
Interest Group Power in California
Influencing Strategies
Lobbying in California
Money and Power: The Sacramento Connection
Interest Group Power: Good for the Political System
Regulation of Lobbyists and Interest Groups
Summary
References
Political Parties and Media: Linking the Public to the Process
California as a Weak Party State
Tilting at Windmills? California's Minor Parties
Major-Party Voters: Who Are the Republicans and Democrats?
Electoral Activists
Strengthening the Parties: Could It and Should It Be Done?
The Power of Media-Then and Now
California 2004 Presidential Vote in National and Western State Perspective
Summary
References
Elections in California
The California Voter
California and Direct Democracy
Government by Initiative
Electioneering: California Style
The High Costs of Elections: Can Anything Be Done?
California Voting Turnout in National and Western State Perspective
Summary
References
California's Political Future: Fiscal and Human Challenges
Budgetary Politics in California: Trying to Make Ends Meet
The Budget Cycle
Revenue Sources
Where Does the Money Go?
An Era of Permanent Budget Crisis?
Budget Reform
California Budget in National and Western State Perspective
Summary
References
Big State, Big Challenges
Diversity
Education
References
Glossary of Key Terms
Index
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