California America's High-Stakes Experiment

ISBN-10: 0520254058
ISBN-13: 9780520254053
Edition: 2007
Authors: Peter Schrag
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Description: Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first for its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--and latterly for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies.Californiaexplains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore government accountability and a vital democracy to the nation's most populous state and the world's fifth-largest economy.

Peter Schrag,for many years the editorial page editor and later a weekly columnist for theSacramento Bee,currently contributes toThe Nation, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times,and other publications. He is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of several books, includingParadise LostandCalifornia: America's High-Stakes Experiment(both from UC Press) andFinal Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America's Schools.Peter Schrag is the 2010 winner of the Carey McWilliams Award from the California Studies Association.

Preface to the 2008 Edition
Sources and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The New California
Dysfunction, Disinvestment, Disenchantment
Action Hero
Hybrid Democracy
Fragile Experiment
Notes
Index

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