Governing California in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0393919153
ISBN-13: 9780393919158
Edition: 4th 2013
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 243
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, Fourth Edition, introduces students to the basics of California politics and government. Incorporating several of the successful features of We the People, the text emphasizes critical thinking and the relevance of government to students’ everyday lives. The Fourth Edition has been updated to reflect recent events and newly available data, including an extensive discussion of the 2012 campaigns and elections and the effects of Propositions 20 and 25. It can be used with any American government textbook or on its own.

Preface
California Government in Crisis
The California Dream?
The Crisis of California Politics
The Two-Thirds Requirement for Raising Taxes
Lack of Consensus in Fundamental Questions
The Ease of Passing Initiatives
Term Limits
The Safe-Seat Reapportionment
Reform Ideas
Why Study California Politics?
What Determines the Content and Character of California's Politics?
Underlying Socioeconomic Trends
Conclusion
A Guide to This Book
The Constitution and the Progressive Legacy
The Rules of the Game: California's Constitution
The 1849 Constitution
The 1879 Constitution
From 1900 to 1917: The Progressive Movement
From 1960 to the Present: Late Revisions
The Progressive Movement and Its Impact on California Politics
Local Politics
State Politics
Direct Democracy
Initiative
Referendum
Recall
Debating the Merit of Direct Democracy
California's Constitution: Where Are We Now?
Interest Groups and the Media in California Interest-Group Dynamics in Politics
Lobbying the Legislature
Diversity of Interest Groups
The Increase in Interest Groups
Weak Political Parties
Growth of Government
Term Limits
Public Interest Groups
Interest-Group Politics
Lobbyists
Lobbying
Campaign Contributions to Candidates
Regulating Interest Groups
Outside the Legislature
The Media
Television
Newspapers
The Internet
Media and Political Campaigns
Interest-Group Politics in California: Where Are We Now?
Parties and Elections in California
Political Parties
Party Organizations
The Progressive Impact on Political Parties
Third Parties in California
Party Affiliation of California Voters
California's Local Political Cultures from Left to Right
Political Party Registration
Political Ideology
Political Protest and Voter Turnout
Support for Proposition 13
Political Tolerance and Support for Racial and Cultural Diversity
The Presidential Election of 2008
The Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Elections of 2010
The Presidential Election of 2012
To Sum Up
Elections in California
The Battle over the Primary
Presidential Primaries: Maximizing California's Clout?
Initiative Campaigns: Direct Democracy or Tool of Special Interests?
The 2003 Gubernatorial Recall Election: A Perfect Political Storm
The 2008 Election: Demographic and Ideological Shifts
The 2010 General Election
The 2012 Primary Election
The 2012 General Election: More Demographic and Ideological Shifts
Campaigning in California
Money and Politics: California Style
Campaign Finance Reform in California
Campaign Contributions to Federal Candidates
Voting in California
How You Can Register to Vote
Who Votes in California?
Modernizing Voting Machines
What Reforms Are Needed?
The California Legislature
Functions
Representation
Policy Making
Members and Districts
Organization
Leadership
Committees
Staff
The Legislative Process
Differences from Congress
Term Limits
Item Veto
Apportionment and District Size
Media Visibility
Court Appointments
Filibusters
Initiatives
Seniority
Problems, Real and Perceived
Money
Term Limits/Lack of Experience
Partisanship
Gridlock, Minority Rule, and Lack of Accountability
Initiatives
California Legislature: Where Are We Now?
The Governor and the Executive Branch
The Invisible Governor?
Formal Powers of the Governor
Organizing and Managing the Executive Branch
Independent Executive Actions
Commander in Chief
Appointments
Legislative Powers
Budget
Veto and Line-Item Veto
Legislative Recommendations
Judicial Powers
Public Roles of the Governor
Jerry Brown as Governor
Structure of the Executive Branch
Personal Staff
The Cabinet and Agency Heads
The Plural Elected Executive
Agencies and the Bureaucracy
California Executive Branch: Where Are We Now?
The California Judiciary
Judges and State Government
Federalism and the California Courts: The Case of Medicinal Marijuana
How Are the California Courts Structured?
Judicial Selection
Removing Judges from the Bench
Who Has Access to the Court?
Judicial independence versus Judicial Accountability
The Politicization of the Judiciary
Judicial Review and the Statewide Initiative
California Courts: Where Are We Now?
The State Budget and Budgetary Limitations
Why Does Student Tuition Keep Rising?
How Is the Budget Formed?
Executive Proposal
Legislative Adoption
Gubernatorial Action
Implementation
Other Groups Involved in the Budget Process
What Is in the Budget?
Revenues
How Well Does the Taxing System Function?
Is California Overtaxed?
Expenditures
Why Do Revenues Vary So Much?
Budgetary Limitations
Recent California Budgets and the Budget Process
The California Budgetary Process: Where Are We Now?
Local Government
The Legal Framework: Dillon's Rule, Home Rule, and Local Powers of Governance
County Governments
Legal Framework
Government Organization
County Government Functions and Responsibilities
Local Agency Formation Commissions
City Governments
Legal Framework
Incorporation: How Cities Are Born
City Government Functions and Responsibilities
City Government Revenues and Expenditures
Forms of City Government and the Legacy of Progressive Structural Reforms
Special Districts
School and Community College Districts
Nonschool Special Districts
Legal Framework
How Special Districts Are Created
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Special Districts
Regional Governments
Regulatory Regional Governments
Advisory Regional Governments
California's Community Redevelopment Agencies, R.I.P.
Two Case Studies in Local Government Revolt
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: The San Fernando Valley Secession Movement
The Great Redevelopment Agency Massacre of 2011
Local Government: Where Are We Now?
The Great Recession and Its Impact on Local Governments
"Where Politicians Fear to Tread": GASB and Pension Reform
On the Brighter Side
But Local Governments Cannot Do It Alone: The State, the Feds, and the Occupy Movement
Public Policy in California
Duroville
Health Insurance in California
Employer-Sponsored Insurance
Individual Health Insurance Marketplace
Medi-Cal
Medicare
TRICARE
Uninsured
Immigrants in California
Work Issues
Campaign Issues
School Issues
Costs of State Welfare and Health Programs
Driver Licenses
Voting
California's Infrastructure
Highways
Fire Prevention
Levees
The Future of California's Infrastructure
Indian Gaming in California
Conclusion
Answer Key
Notes

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