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Politics and Policy in States and Communities, 11th Edition

By John J. Harrigan, David C. Nice

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Nov 11, 2012

Description

Explores the dynamics of state and community politics

 

Politics and Policy in States and Communities explores the major issues facing states and localities and traces how the institutions of state and local government have changed over the years.  The book explores topics such as the dramatic waves of reform in state and local government since World War II; the unprecedented role that governments play in today’s political economy; and social conflicts over ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, and religion.

 

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Explore how they can participate in state or local politics
  • Understand the major issues facing state and local governments today
  • Understand how state and local governments have changed over time

Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to State and Community Politics

Chapter 2: The Constitutional Environment of State and Local Governments   

Chapter 3: The Intergovernmental Framework for State and Community Politics           

Chapter 4: Channels of Citizen Influence: Participation, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups

Chapter 5: Channels of Citizen Influence: The Ballot Box, Parties, and Direct Action    

Chapter 6: The Institutions of Local Government                                  

Chapter 7: The Dynamics of Community Politics                                    

Chapter 8: State Legislatures and Public Policy                                     

Chapter 9: Governors and the Challenge of Executive Leadership      

Chapter 10: Administrators and the Implementation of Policy              

Chapter 11: Courts, Crime, and Corrections in American States       

Chapter 12: Financing State and Local Governments                            

Chapter 13: Poverty and Social Welfare Policies                                    

Chapter 14: Education                                                                             

Chapter 15: Infrastructure Policies: Transportation and Housing and Community Development           

Chapter 16: Regulating the Environment                                                

Chapter 17: State and Community Economic Development Policies     


2) Full Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to State and Community Politics   

Introduction      

All Levels of Government Are Important in the United States                            

The Growth of State and Local Governments                                                  

Rejuvenation of State and Local Government                                                   

What Matters in State and Community Politics                                                  

The Plan of This Book                                                                                   

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 2: The Constitutional Environment of State and Local Governments       

Introduction      

State Constitutions                                                                                         

Criticisms of State Constitutions                                                                      

The Model State Constitution                                                                          

The Politics of Constitutional Reform                                                              

Constitutional Reform and Social Change                                                         

Local “Constitutions”                                                                                     

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 3: The Intergovernmental Framework for State and Community Politics     

Introduction      

The Evolution of Federalism                                                                          

Other Intergovernmental Politics                                                                     

Regional Conflict                                                                                           

Intergovernmental Impact on State and Local Political
Economies                                                                                                  

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 4: Channels of Citizen Influence: Participation, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups

Introduction      

Political Participation                                                                                      

Public Opinion  

Interest Groups 

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References      

   

Chapter 5: Channels of Citizen Influence: The Ballot Box, Parties, and Direct Action          

Introduction      

The Ballot Box  

Getting the Votes Counted                                                                             

Political Parties   

Direct Democracy                                                                                         

Direct Action     

Social Change and The Ballot Box                                                                   

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 6: The Institutions of Local Government                                      

Introduction      

Different Types of Local Government                                                            

The Organization of Counties and Cities                                                          

The Evolution of Reform-Style City Politics                                                     

The Progressive Reform Movement                                                                

The Metropolitan Challenge                                                                            

Social Change and Local Government                                                             

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References       

  

Chapter 7: The Dynamics of Community Politics                                       

Introduction

Theories of Community Power                                                                 

Who Governs in the Age of Urban Restructuring?                                            

The Quest for Local Leadership                                                                      

Mayors and the Challenge of Social Conflict                                                     

Mayoral Leadership and the Urban Political Economy                                      

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 8: State Legislatures and Public Policy                                          

Introduction

Legislative Functions                                                                           

Legislative Structure: How Organization Affects Policy Making                          

Parties and Policy Making: The Responsible-Party Model                                   

Legislative Process: How Legislators Make Policy                                             

Legislative Reform: Improving Legislative Performance                                    

Rolling Back Reform: Deinstitutionalization?                                                     

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 9: Governors and the Challenge of Executive Leadership               

Introduction      

The Demand for Strong Executives                                                                

Executive Leadership at the State Level: Making
Governors Stronger                                                                                   

Exercising Leadership: Governors’ Styles                                                         

Other State Executives                                                                                   

Governors and Public Conflict                                                                        

Conclusion        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 10: Administrators and the Implementation of Policy                     

Introduction        

Tension Between Administrators and Elected Officials                                        

Managing Personnel for Better Policy Implementation                                         

Social Conflict in the Public Workforce                                                              

Reconciling Work and Family Concerns                                                             

Reorganizing and Reengineering Bureaucracy
to Improve Performance                                                                              

Budgeting as a Device for Improving Executive Management                              

Political Economy and Reengineering for Greater Productivity                             

Conclusion          

Summary            

Study Questions   

Key Terms          

The Internet Connection                                                                                   

References           

 

Chapter 11: Courts, Crime, and Corrections in American States                   

Introduction      

Public Policy and the Courts                                                                           

Court Organization and Procedure                                                                  

Politics in American Courts                                                                             

Courts and Social Conflict: Coping with Crime                                                

Political Values and Conflicts Over Criminal Justice Policy                                 

Courts and Corrections in the Aftermath of September 11                                

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 12: Financing State and Local Governments                                   

Introduction      

How State and Local Governments Spend Your Money                                   

Where State and Local Revenues Come From                                                  

Conflicts and Issues in State and Local Finance                                                 

State-Community Finance and the Political Economy                                        

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 13: Poverty and Social Welfare Policies                                           

Introduction      

Poverty as a Social Problem                                                                            

Political Values and Poverty                                                                            

State, Local, and Federal Roles in Social Welfare Policy                                      

The Major Social Welfare Programs                                                                

Health Care Policies: The Intergovernmental System in Practice                          

Reforming Social Welfare                                                                               

Welfare Reform, Social Conflict, and the Political Economy                               

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 14: Education                                                                                  

Introduction      

State, Local, and Federal Roles in Education                                                     

Political Values and Public Education                                                               

Struggles over Values                                                                                     

Education and Social Conflict                                                                         

Reforming Public Education                                                                           

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 15: Infrastructure Policies: Transportation and Housing and Community Development       

Introduction      

Transportation   

The Rise to Dominance of the Highway System                                                

Housing and Community Development                                                           

Political Values and the Social Consequences
of Infrastructure Policy                                                                               

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

 

Chapter 16: Regulating the Environment                                                     

Introduction      

Environmental Regulation                                                                               

Does the Pollution Control System Work?                                                       

Social Conflict and the Environment: Environmental Justice                               

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References     

    

Chapter 17: State and Community Economic Development Policies           

Introduction      

The Changing Climate for State and Community Economies                             

Strategies for Economic Development                                                            

More Active Strategies                                                                                    

Issues in the Search for Economic Development                                              

Social Conflict and the Competition for Economic Development                      

Summary          

Study Questions 

Key Terms        

The Internet Connection                                                                                 

References         

Appendix: Career Prospects in State and Local Government                              

Glossary                                                                                                       

Name Index                                                                                                  

Subject Index                                                                                                

 

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