Politics and Policy in States and Communities

ISBN-10: 0205745490
ISBN-13: 9780205745494
Edition: 11th 2013
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Book details

List price: $161.80
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Explores the dynamics of state and community politics Politics and Policy in States and Communitiesexplores the major issues facing states and localities and traces how the institutions of state and local government have changed over the years.  The book explores topics such as the dramatic waves of reform in state and local government since World War II; the unprecedented role that governments play in today’s political economy; and social conflicts over ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, and religion. Learning Goals:Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:Explore how they can participate in state or local politicsUnderstand the major issues facing state and local governments todayUnderstand how state and local governments have changed over time

Preface
Introduction to State and Community Politics
Introduction
All Levels of Government Are Important in the United States
The Growth of State and Local Governments
Modernization of State and Local Government
What Matters in State and Community Politics
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Career Prospects in State and Local Government
Notes
The Constitutional Environment of State and Local Governments
Introduction
State Constitutions
Criticisms of State Constitutions
The Model State Constitution
The Politics of Constitutional Change and Reform
Constitutional Reform and Social Change
Local "Constitutions"
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
The Intergovernmental Framework for State and Community Politics
Introduction
The Evolution of Federalism
Other Intergovernmental Politics
Regional Conflict
Intergovernmental Impact on State and Local Political Economies
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Channels of Citizen Influence: Participation, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups
Introduction
Political Participation
Public Opinion
Interest Groups
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Channels of Citizen Influence: The Ballot Box, Parties, and Direct Action
Introduction
The Ballot Box
Getting the Votes Counted
Political Parties
Direct Democracy
Direct Action
Social Change and the Ballot Box
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
The Institutions of Local Government
Introduction
Different Types of Local Government
The Organization of Counties and Cities
The Evolution of Reform-Style City Politics
The Progressive Reform Movement
The Metropolitan Challenge
Social Change and Local Government
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
The Dynamics of Community Politics
Introduction
Theories of Community Power
Who Governs in the Age of Urban Restructuring?
The Quest for Local Leadership
Mayors and the Challenge of Social Conflict
Mayoral Leadership and the Urban Political Economy
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
State Legislatures and Public Policy
Introduction
Legislative Functions
Legislative Structure: How Organization Affects Policy Making
Parties and Policy Making: The Responsible-Party Model
Legislative Process: How Legislators Make Policy
Legislative Reform: Improving Legislative Performance
Rolling Back Reform: Deinstitutionalization?
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Governors and the Challenge of Executive Leadership
Introduction
The Demand for Strong Executives
Executive Leadership at the State Level: Making Governors Stronger
Exercising Leadership: Governor's Styles
Other State Executives
Governors and Public Conflict
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Administrators and the Implementation of Policy
Introduction
Tension Between Administrators and Elected Officials
Managing Personnel for Better Policy Implementation
Social Conflict in the Public Workforce
Reconciling Work and Family Concerns
Reorganizing and Reengineering Bureaucracy to Improve Performance
Budgeting as a Device for Improving Executive Management
Political Economy and Reengineering for Greater Productivity
Conclusion
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Courts, Crime, and Corrections in American States
Introduction
Public Policy and the Courts
Court Organization and Procedure
Politics in American Courts
Courts and Social Conflict: Coping with Crime
Political Values and Conflicts Over Criminal Justice Policy
Courts and Corrections in the Aftermath of September 11
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Financing State and Local Governments
Introduction
How State and Local Governments Spend Your Money
Where State and Local Revenues Come From
Conflicts and Issues in State and Local Finance
State-Community Finance and the Political Economy
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Poverty and Social Welfare Policies
Introduction
Poverty as a Social Problems
Political Values and Poverty
State, Local, and Federal Roles in Social Welfare Policy
The Major Social Welfare Programs
Health Care Policies: The Intergovernmental System in Practice
Reforming Social Welfare
Welfare Reform, Social Conflict, and the Political Economy
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Education
Introduction
State, Local, and Federal Roles in Education
Political Values and Public Education
Struggles Over Values
Education and Social Conflict
Reforming Public Education
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Infrastructure Policies: Transportation, Housing, and Community Development
Introduction
Transportation
The Growing Role of the Highway System
Housing and Community Development
Political Values and the Social Consequences of Infrastructure Policy
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Regulating the Environment
Introduction
Environmental Regulation
Does the Pollution Control System Work?
Social Conflict and the Environment: Environmental Justice
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
State and Community Economic Development Policies
Introduction
The Changing Climate for State and Community Economies
Strategies for Economic Development
More Active Strategies
Issues in the Search for Economic Development
Social Conflict and the Competition for Economic Development
Summary
Study Questions
Key Terms
The Internet Connection
Notes
Glossary
Name Index
Subject Index

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