California The Politics of Diversity

ISBN-10: 0495189839
ISBN-13: 9780495189831
Edition: 5th 2008 (Revised)
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Description: Written by someone who teaches the California Politics course and who has worked in local government, this text is a comprehensive, thematically-organized treatment of California politics. This text uses two themes?diversity and hyperpluralism?that  More...

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List price: $174.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Written by someone who teaches the California Politics course and who has worked in local government, this text is a comprehensive, thematically-organized treatment of California politics. This text uses two themes?diversity and hyperpluralism?that make this state's political climate so interesting. In particular, the author examines the growing proliferation of pressures and groups that compete for attention and make governing the state increasingly challenging. And, to illustrate the connection between California politics and American politics, the author discusses aspects of American politics?such as the democratic, elite, and pluralist theories?and how these broader concepts add new clarity and depth to any understanding of California politics.

Preface
Foundations of California Politics
Explaining California Politics
In Brief
Introduction
How Diversity Explains California Politics
Land
Regions
Resources
People
Economy
How Political Theory Explains California Politics
Democratic Theory
Elite Theory
Pluralist Theory
Hyperpluralism
How Hyperpluralism Explains California Politics
The Constancy of Individualism
A Diversity of Interests and Cultures
Fading Majoritarianism
Structural Conflict
California: The Ironies of Diversity
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
California's Political Development
In Brief
Introduction
The Idea of Political Culture
The Idea of Political Development
The Politics of Unification
Spanish "Rule"
Mexican "Control"
Statehood
The 1849 Constitution
The Politics of Modernization
The Gold Rush
The Big Four
Water
Other Modernizing Factors
The Politics of Welfare
The Progressive Movement
The Great Depression
Earl Warren
Edmund G. (Pat) Brown
The Politics of Abundance and Beyond
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Constitutionalism and Federalism: The Perimeters of California Politics
In Brief
Introduction: Rules and Boundaries
California's Constitution
What It Contains
What Makes It Distinctive
California and the Nation: The Bounderies of Federalism
Dual Federalism
Cooperative Federalism
Centralized Federalism
On Your Own Federalism
Progmatic Federalism
Federalism and California's Native Americans
California in Washington
California and the World: The Politics of Fences
Immigration
Trade
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Political Participation in California
Direct Democracy in a Hyperpluralistic Age
In Brief
The Impact of Progressivism
Progressivism: California Style
Selected Initiative Battles in California
Proposition 13: Give the Money Back
Proposition 5: Casino Fever
Proposition 22: Gay Marriage
Propostion 71: Stem Cell Research
The Initiative Mess
Prospect for Initiative Reform
Progressive Cousins: Referandum and Recall
State Level Recalls
Local Level Recalls
Conclusion: The Legacy and the Paradox
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
The Political Behavior of Californians
In Brief
Forms of Participation in a Democracy
Conventional Participation
The Exit Option
The Protest Option
Voters and Nonvoters in California
Who Votes in California?
Those Who Cannot Vote
Those Who Will Not Vote
Partisanship in California
Party Affiliation
The Partisan Geography of California
California's Electoral Gaps
Conclusion: Divided by Diversity
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Linking People and Policymakers
In Brief
Introduction
Mass Media
Newspapers
Television
Radio
The Internet
Political Parties
Political Parties: California Style
How the Parties are Organized
Surrogate Parties
Endorsement Politics
Elections
Campaign Professionals and Pollsters
The Role of Money
California Elections and National Politics
Interest Groups
California Groups: Who are They?
How Interest Groups Organize
What Interest Groups Do
Conclusion: Competing for Influence
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Political Institutions in California
Legislative Politics
In Brief
Introduction: The Road to Proposition 140
California's Legislative History
What the Legislature Does
Policymaking
Representation
Executive Oversight
Civic Education
Getting There and Staying There
Recruitment
Why They Stay: Rewards of Office
How They Stay: Reapportionment Politics
The 2001 Reapportionment
Organizing to Legislate
The Role of Leadership
The Committee System
The Staff
The Legislative Process
The Third House
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Executive Politics
In Brief
Introduction
How Governors Lead
The Governor's Duties and Powers
Executive Powers
Budget Leadership
Legislative Powers
Judicial Powers
Other Powers
The Plural Executive: Competing for Power
Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Secretary of State
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Insurance Commissioner
Fiscal Officers
California's Bureaucracy and the Politics of Diversity
Functions of Bureaucracy
Power Sharing and Clout
Executive Branch Reform
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
California's Judiciary
In Brief
Introduction
State Courts in Our Legal "System"
How California's Courts Are Organized
Trial Courts
Appellate Courts
Supreme Court
So You Want to Be a Judge
Entering the Profession
The Right Experience
Selection Mechanics
Judicial Discipline
How Courts Make Decisions
The Criminal Process
The Civil Process
Juries and Popular Justice
How Courts Make Policy
Trial Court Policymaking
Appellate Court Policymaking
Criminal Justice and Punishment
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Community Politics
In Brief
Introduction
The Role of Community
The Limits of Community Government
Counties
The Shape of County Government
County Troubles
Cities
How Communities Become Municipalities
"Cities" Without "Government"
How California Cities are Run
Cities and Counties: An Uneasy Relationship
Special Districts
What Makes Them Special?
The Stealth Governments of California
Special District Politics and Problems
School Districts
Regional Governments
Conclusion: Diverse Communities, Diverse Governments
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Budget Policy: The Cost of Diversity
In Brief
Introduction: Budgeting as Public Policy
Where Budgeting Begins: The Economy
Economic Diversity
Today's Challenge: A Two-Tier Economy
California's Local Economies
The Budget Process
How California Budgeting Works
Constraints on the Process
Local Budget Processes
Types of Revenue
Major State Revenues
Local Revenue
Where The Money Goes
State Expenditures
Local Expenditures
The Need for Budget Reform
Conclusion: The Cost of Diversity
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Policies Stemming from Growth
In Brief
Introduction: Growth in California
Why California Grew
The Drumbeat of Growth
Structuring Local Growth
No-Growth Politics in California
Water: Making Growth Possible
Storing Water
Moving Water
Recent Water Developments
Housing: For Many, the Impossible Dream
The California Dream
Housing Policy as Filter "Down"
Affordability
Transportation: Stuck in Traffic
The Problem
California's Transportation Policies
Energy and Environment
Energy
Environment
Conclusion: A New Growth Policy for California?
Key Terms
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Policies Stemming from Diversity
In Brief
Introduction: The Challenge of Diversity
California Policy as Group Struggle
Social Issues: Abortionand Gay Rights
Abortion
Gay Rights
Education: Coping with Growth and Diversity
Pressures on Education
Education Reform
Higher Education: An Uncertain Future
The Majoritarian Ideal
Rethinking the Plan
Diversity on Campus
Social Programs
Welfare Policy
Health Policy
Immigration: Conflict over Newcomers
Federal Policies, California Impacts
California's Immigration "Policy"
Conclusion
Key Term
Review Questions
Web Activities
Notes
Index

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