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Primer of California Politics

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ISBN-10: 0534618391

ISBN-13: 9780534618391

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Lawrence G. Brewster, Genie N. L. Stowers

List price: $84.95
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A concise introduction to California Politics placed in a historical, national, and global context. The text analyzes critical political issues, paying special attention to diversity, and examines how these issues impact California state and local government. Students learn the basic principles of political decision-making processes by comparing the institutions of the Federal government to those of California.
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Book details

List price: $84.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

California's Crossroads
The Lure of the California Dream
Before Statehood: Pre-1848 History
The Progressive Movement
The California Boom
The Politics of Experience: From Earl Warren to Ronald Reagan
The Era of Conservative Politics: From Ronald Reagan to Gray Davis
A Final Word
California at the New Millennium--the Public Policy Challenges
Energy Crisis
Education: The Governor's Initial Top Priority
The Environment: Balancing Growth and Preservation
Crime and the Justice System
Health and Welfare
Remaining Challenges
Additional Resources
Political Parties and Interest Group Politics
Political Parties in California
California Interest Groups
Parties and Interest Groups in California
Additional Resources
The Electoral Process, Money, the Media, and the Internet
Electoral Process in California
Voting in California
The Shrinking and Shifting Electorate
Money and Winning: Two Factors That Go Together
The Media: Informative or Provocative?
Elections, Media, Money and the Internet
Additional Resources
Paying for What California Cares About--Budget Receipts and Expenditures
California's Money
The State Budget Process
Proposition 13
City and County Finances
Impact of Internet-Based E-Commerce Activities
Budgeting in the Future
Additional Resources
The Executive Branch
The Plural Characteristics of the Executive Branch
The Governor
Other State Constitutional Officers
The State Bureaucracy and Efforts to Reform It
The Bureaucracy: Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures
A Final Word
Additional Resources
The Legislature
The Legislature Suffers an Image Problem
The Legislature: Its Structure and Characteristics
Three Types of Legislation
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Efforts to Reform the Legislature
A Final Word
Additional Resources
The Judiciary
Role of the Courts
The Court System
Jury Selection
Appointment, Election, and Removal of Judges
Oversight of the Judicial System
Problems with the Court System
A Final Word
Additional Resources
California's Local Units of Government
Types of Local Government Units and Their Organization
Other Types of Local Arrangements
Additional Resources