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State and Local Government

ISBN-10: 0618214593

ISBN-13: 9780618214594

Edition: 2nd 2003

Authors: Ann O'M Bowman, Richard C. Kearney

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Description:

This brief version of the top-selling State and Local Government retains the unique thematic and historical approach of the comprehensive text in 12 chapters compared to 16. The condensed format provides explanations of the structure of state and local government, as well as their functions in the current political scene. In addition, descriptions of public policy issues appear at relevant points throughout the text and are better integrated into discussed topics. Coverage of e-government and the Internet explores how technology affects state and local government and citizen participation. Up-to-date policy focus addresses important issues facing government at this level and includes topics such as education, economic development, criminal justice, the environment, social welfare, and healthcare. Discussion of the slowed pace of "devolution" since September 11 is included in Chapter 2.
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Book details

List price: $65.15
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 12/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 333
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Chapter Recap, Key Terms, and Surfing the 'Net.
New Directions for State and Local Government
The Study of State and Local Government
State and Local Government Capacity
The People: Designers and Consumers of Government Linking Capacity to Results
Federalism and the States
The Concept of Federalism
The History of U.S. Federalism
Intergovernmental Relations
Models of Federalism
Federal Purse Strings
The Future of Federalism
State Constitutions
The Evolution of State Constitutions
Weaknesses of Constitutions
Constitutional Reform
Methods for Constitutional Change
State Responsiveness and Constitutional Reform
Citizen Participation and Elections
Participation Elections
Election-Day
Lawmaking
Citizen Access to Government
Volunteerism
The Effects of Citizen Participation
Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns
Political Parties
Interest Groups
Political Campaigns
State Legislatures
The Essence of Legislatures
Legislative Dynamics
Legislative Behavior
How a Bill Becomes Law (or Not)
Legislative Reform and Capacity
Relationship with the Executive Branch
Legislatures and Capacity
Governors
The Office of Governor
The Roles of the Governor:
Duties and Responsibilities
Formal Powers of the Governor
Informal Powers Removal from Office
Other Executive Branch Officials
The Vigor of U.S. Governors
Public Administration:
Budgeting and Service Delivery
Public Employees in State and Local Governments:
Who They Are, What They Do
Budgeting in State and Local Government
Personnel Policy in State and Local Government:
From Patronage to Merit
The Politics of Bureaucracy
Reinventing Government
The Quality of Public Administration
The Judiciary
The Structure of State Court Systems
How Judges Are Selected
Judicial Decisionmaking
New Judicial Federalism
State Court Reform
Crime and Criminal Justice
State-Local Relations
The Distribution of Authority
State-Local Organizations
Metropolitics:
A New Challenge for State Government
States and Their Rural Communities
The Interaction of States and Localities
Local Government:
Structure and Leadership
Five Types of Local Governments
Leadership in Local Government
The Issue of Governance
Taxing and Spending
The Principles of Finance Revenues
The Political Economy of Taxation
Borrowing and Debt
Where All the Money Goes:
State and Local Spending
State and Local Finance in the 2000s