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State and Local Government Pubic Life in America

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ISBN-10: 053455539X

ISBN-13: 9780534555399

Edition: 2001

Authors: George Cox, Raymond A. Rosenfeld

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This lively book is intended to show what state and local governments actually do and especially how their role in American public life has grown over the past twenty years. Such chapters as "Capitol City Players: Everyday Politics in the States" make this material, which often appears dull in competing books, interesting and important. This text is briefer than many texts in this market and is also a paperback.
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Book details

List price: $91.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/31/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The Power of Place: Society, Culture, and Popular Government
Constitutions and Sovereignty
The Power and Sense of Place
Regional Cultures
Urbanization and Mass Culture
Place as Personal Property
The People Called "Americans"
Race and Racial Consciousness
Diversity's Policy Implications
Immigration and Migration
Political Culture
Technology and Civic Culture
Technology and Generational Change
Technology and the Individual
Enjoying Leisure Life
Technology's Effect on Place, Time, and Culture
Chapter Conclusion
Power Sharing in a Federal System: Theoretical and Practical Balance
Constitutional Federalism
A Confederation of States
A More Perfect National Union
Judicial Interpretation
Citizenship and Voting Rights
National Supremacy More Generally
Conclusions About Constitutional Federalism
Programmatic Federalism
Policy and Program Development
Policy or Program Implementation
Policy or Program Evaluation
Issues in Federalism
Revenue Sharing
Unfunded Mandates
Policy Preemption
Local Government Home Rule
Chapter Conclusion
Capital City Players: Everyday Politics in the States
State-Level Political Parties
State Party Organization
Parties' Organizational Effectiveness
Party Organization and Discipline
The Character of State Political Parties
State Partisan Elections
Regulation of Campaign Finances
State Parties in the Government
State-Level Interest Groups
Interest Group Activities
Regulating Interest Groups
Media in the State Capital
News Services
Capital City Newspapers
Broadcast Media
State Political Systems
Chapter Conclusion
State Legislatures: Policy Roles and Procedural Rules
Public Policy Decision Making
Direct Democracy
Representative Democracy
Public Expectations
Representation in State Legislatures
Election Campaigns
Legislative Sessions
Legislator Profile
Legislative Life in the State Capital
Legislatures and Political Players
Legislative Leadership
Chamber Leadership
Party Leadership
Passing State Laws
State Legislation
Public Education
Crime Control
Welfare Reform
Legislative Oversight
Program Review
Budgetary Oversight
Regulatory Oversight
Chapter Conclusion
State Executives: Leadership and Accountability
State Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Results of Recent Gubernatorial Elections
Governors Taking Office
The Governor as Legislative Leader
The Governor's Immediate Staff
The Governor as Budgetary Leader
The Governor's Appointment Powers
Lieutenant Governors
Appointed Agency Heads
State Managers
Reforming Executive Branch Government
Chapter Conclusion
Bureaucrats and Regulators: Delivering Services and Protecting Consumers
The Bureaucracy of Service Delivery
Specialization and Professionalism
Civil-Service Protection
Hierarchy and Communications
Evaluating State Government Professionalism
Bureaucracy Conclusion
Regulators and Consumer Protection
Selecting the Regulators
Corporate Regulation
Professional Licensing
State Public Service Commissions
Organization and Powers
Public-Service Issues
The Future of Public Service Commissions
Regulation: Some Answers
Chapter Conclusion
State Courts: The Rules and Boundaries of the Game
American Justice
Criminal Trials
Civil Trials
Court Structure in the States
State Trial Courts
State Appeals Courts
Serving as a State Judge
The Administration of Justice
Issues Before the State Courts
Crime-Control Concerns
Crime Control and the Courts
Correctional Supervision and Incapacitation
Juvenile Crime
Criminal Justice
Civil Justice
Chapter Conclusion
Local Communities: Politics Where We Live
A Community of Neighborhoods
Neighborhood and Tenants' Associations
Neighborhood Issues
Neighborhood Politics
Business and Labor Organizations
Local Business Issues
Business's Political Power
Labor's Political Power
Civic Clubs
Civic Issues
Civic Clubs and Politics
Religious Congregations
Religious Issues
Faith-Based Organizations and Politics
Special Issue Organizations
Typical Special Interest Organizations
Special Interests and Politics
Interpreting Community Groups
Elite Theory
Pluralist Theory
Regime Theory
Chapter Conclusion
Taking the Next Step: Local Political Participation
Local Elections
Popular Votes on the Issues
Electing City Officials
Mayoral Elections
Local Judicial Elections
Variations on the Representative Government Theme
Voter Turnout
Other Forms of Participation
Interpreting Local Participation
Chapter Conclusion
Navigating City Hall: How Local Government Is Structured
The Big Picture of Local Government Structure
Historical Background of Local Government Structure
Political Machines
Progressive Reform Movement
Conclusion to History of Local Government Structures
Municipal Government Structure
Strong Mayor Form
Council-Manager Form
Commission Form
The Choice of Form
Duties of City Officials
City Councils
City Mayors
City Managers
Mayoral Leadership
Local Government Bureaucrats
Chapter Conclusion
Counties, Special Districts, and School Systems: Politics Beyond City Hall
States and Their Counties
County Geography
County Demographics
County Authority
The Commission Form of Government
County Administrators
Other Elected County Officials
County Executive
County Courts
County Services
Consolidated Services
County Government Capacity Building
Special Service Districts
Governmental Powers of Special Districts
Chicago's Special Districts
Water-Quality Districts
Concerns About Special District Government
Independent School Districts
State Educational Policy
Local School Policies
School District Politics
Confidence in Public Schools
Education Policy Innovation
Local Education Policy Making
Chapter Conclusion
Metropolitan Government: Accommodation and Reform
The Growth of the Metropolis
Technical Change
Governmental Factors
Cultural Forces
The Debate over Metropolitan Government
Advantages of Multiple Local Governments
Disadvantages of Fragmented Local Governments
From Fragmentation to Coordination
Councils of Government
Informal Cooperative Agreements
Interlocal Service Agreements
The Lakewood Plan
Tax-Base Sharing
Two-Tier Systems
City--County Consolidation
Other Options
Transportation Policy and Metropolitan Areas
The Local Government View of Transportation
The National Government View of Transportation
Transportation Policy Issues for State and Local Governments
Chapter Conclusion
Local Government Policy: Decision Making Close to Home
Local Ordinances
Code Enforcement
Mandated Programs
Raising Public Revenues
Land-Use Regulation
Land-Use Plans
Zoning Ordinances
Subdivision Regulations
Building Codes
Housing Codes
Eminent Domain
Conclusions about Local Policy Making
Balancing Priorities and Making Trade-Offs
Development and Preservation
Economic-Development Strategies
Community-Preservation Strategies
Balancing Development and Preservation
Public Safety and Social Justice
Public Safety Strategies
Ensuring Social Justice
Mobility and Sprawl
Personal Mobility
Urban, Suburban, and Exurban Sprawl
Balancing Mobility and Sprawl
Excellent Services and Modest Taxes
Quality Public-Service Strategies
Keeping Taxes Modest
Balancing Service and Taxation
Chapter Conclusion
Neighborhood Survey
Name Index
Subject Index