State and Local Politics Institutions and Reform

ISBN-10: 1111833109
ISBN-13: 9781111833107
Edition: 3rd 2013
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Book details

List price: $217.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/13/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 688
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

In this Third Edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Donovan, Mooney, and Smith go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. Offering an engaging comparative approach, the Third Edition shows students how politics and government differ between states and communities, and points out the causes and effects of those variations. The text also focuses on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables students to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks them to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages them to consider more sophisticated solutions.Written by three young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM incorporates the most recent scholarship available into the course, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides.

Introduction to State and Local Politics
Federalism: State Politics within a Federal System
Participation, Elections, and Representation
State and Local Direct Democracy
Political Parties
Interest Groups
State Legislatures
Governors and the State Bureaucracy
The Court System and Criminal Justice
The Structure of Municipal Governments
The Politics of Land Use and Development
State and Local Fiscal Policy
Morality Politics
Social Welfare and Health Care Politics
Education Politics
Glossary
Index

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