California Politics of Diversity

ISBN-10: 0534543820

ISBN-13: 9780534543822

Edition: 2004

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Description: Written from the perspective of someone who has worked in local government, this text is a comprehensive, thematically-organized treatment of California politics. The author brings the subject to life for students using the two themes--diversity and hyperpluralism--that make California'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.

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Book details

List price: $86.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858

Explaining california politics
Introduction
How Diversity Explains California Politics
How Theory Explains California Politics
How Hyperpluralism Explains California Politics
California: The Ironies of Diversity
California's political development
Introduction
The Politics of Unification
The Politics of Modernization
The Politics of Welfare
The Politics of Abundance and Beyond
Constitutionalism and federalism
Introduction
State Constitutions as Rulebooks
California's Constitution
California and the Nation: The Boundaries of Federalism
California in Washington
California and the World: The Politics of Fences
Direct democracy in a hyperpluralistic age
Introduction
Selected Initiative Battles in California
The Initiative Mess
Progressive Cousins: Referendum and Recall
The political behavior of californians
Introduction
Forms of Participation in a Democracy
Voters and Nonvoters in California
Partisanship in California
Party Affiliation
California's Electoral Gaps
Linking people and policymakers
Introduction
Mass Media
Political Parties
Elections
Interest Groups
Legislative politics
Introduction
California's Legislative History
What the Legislature Does
Getting There and Staying There
Organizing to Legislate
The Legislative Process
The Third House
Executive politics
Introduction
How Governors Lead
The Governor's Duties and Powers
The Plural Executive: Competing for Power
California's Bureaucracy and the Politics of Diversity
California's judiciary
Introduction
State Courts in Our Legal "System"
How California Courts Are Organized
So You Want to Be a Judge
How Courts Make Decisions
How Courts Make Policy
Community politics
Introduction
Counties
Cities
Special Districts
School Districts
Regional Governments
Public policy in california
Budget Policy: The Cost of Diversity
Policies Stemming from Growth
Policies Stemming from Diversity
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