Updated in its 8th edition, Politics and Policy in States & Communities distinguishes itself through its highly accessible writing style, inclusion of unique topics such as tribal governments, extensive discussion of intergovernmental relations, and its focus on the relationship between government and the governed--how individuals are affected by government decisions and how individuals influence public policy ("face-to-face" approach). The "face-to-face" approach to the study of state and local governments personalizes the material, connects government to readers' lives, and makes the material more meaningful and relevant to the reader.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Face-to-Face Governance
Chapter 2: State Diversity, Growth and Decline, and the Contemporary Urban Dilemma
Chapter 3: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter 4: Constitutions and Charters
Chapter 5: Policy-Making Processes: The Framework for Participation
Chapter 6: Grassroots Participation
Chapter 7: Interest Groups
Chapter 8: Political Parties and Elections
Chapter 9: Governors
Chapter 10: State Legislatures
Chapter 11: Local Government Executives and Legislatures
Chapter 12: Bureaucracies
Chapter 13: Courts
Chapter 14: Crime and Corrections
Chapter 15: Educational Policy
Chapter 16: Social Welfare and Health Policy
Chapter 17: Environmental Policy and Economic Development
Chapter 18: Fiscal Policy and Financial Management
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