This up-to-date, highly-readable text for the state and local politics course focuses on twin perspectives: the political economy of state and local politics and the impact of political reformism on states and communities.
This book explores the dynamics of state and community politics, and the methods citizens use to influence public officials. It explores the major issues facing states and localities and traces how the institutions of state and local government have changed over the years.
Table of Contents
1: Introduction to State and Community Politics
2: The Constitutional Environment of State and Local Governments
3: The Intergovernmental Framework for State and Community Politics
4: Channels of Citizen Influence: Participation, Public Opinion, and Interest Groups
5: Channels of Citizen Influence: the Ballot Box, Parties, and Direct Action
6: The Institutions of Local Government
7: The Dynamics of Community Politics
8: State Legislatures and Public Policy
9: Governors and the Challenge of Executive Leadership
10: Administrators and the Implementation of Policy
11: Courts, Crime, and Corrections in American States
12: Financing State and Local Governments
13: Poverty and Social Welfare Policies
15: Infrastructure Policies: Transportation and Housing and Community Development
16: Regulating the Environment
17: State and Community Economic Development Policies
Appendix: Career Prospects in State and Local Government
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$68.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-65333-1