California Politics and Government A Practical Approach

ISBN-10: 0534630812
ISBN-13: 9780534630812
Edition: 8th 2005
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Description: CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT is a brief "nuts and bolts" book with contemporary examples that offer students a real life view of politics while illustrating the complex principles at work in California Government. In addition to introducing  More...

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Book details

List price: $56.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT is a brief "nuts and bolts" book with contemporary examples that offer students a real life view of politics while illustrating the complex principles at work in California Government. In addition to introducing California?s complex political system to students, major issues as economics, education, and immigration are discussed as along with their impact on California politics. Coverage of interests groups, campaigns and state/federal relations is particularly notable. Furthermore, the text integrates public policy coverage throughout the text, instead of consigning it to individual chapters?making connections and focusing students on the real impacts and practical effects of legislation and other government activities on their lives.

Larry N. Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, interacts with the political process as both an author and an observer. As an author, he has written eleven academic books in addition to CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, including MAKING PUBLIC POLICY: FROM CONFLICT TO RESOLUTION (1983), POLITICS IN THE GOLDEN STATE (with Terry Christensen, 1984), THE DEREGULATED SOCIETY (with Cynthia Fraleigh and Robert Schwab, 1988), AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: POLITICS, PROCESS AND POLICIES (1993), PUBLIC POLICY: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES (1987), PUBLIC POLICYMAKING IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY: A GUIDE TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (2002), RECALL! CALIFORNIA'S POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE (with Terry Christensen, 2004), AMERICAN FEDERALISM: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION (2007), CONFRONTING REALITY: TEN ISSUES THREATENING TO IMPLODE AMERICAN SOCIETY AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT (2009), NOT SO GOLDEN AFTER ALL: THE RISE AND FALL OF CALIFORNIA (2012), and REVIVING CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT: POLICIES TO RENEW NATIONAL COMMUNITY (2015). Gerston serves as the political analyst for NBC11, a San Francisco Bay Area television station, where he appears on a regular basis. He has written more than a 125 op-ed pieces for newspapers throughout the nation and speaks often on issues such as civic engagement and political empowerment.

California's People, Economy, and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrowp. 1
Political Parties and Direct Democracy: Too Much Democracy?p. 15
Voters, Candidates, Campaigns, and the Media: The Mix of Money and Marketingp. 27
Interest Groups: The Power Behind the Domep. 40
The Legislature: The Perils of Policymakingp. 52
Courts, Judges, and Politics: California Lawp. 66
The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authorityp. 80
Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policiesp. 94
Local Government: Politics at the Grassrootsp. 107
State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaosp. 122
Glossaryp. 135
Indexp. 141
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