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State and Local Government by the People, CourseSmart eTextbook, 16th Edition

By David B. Magleby, Paul C. Light, Christine L. Nemacheck, Thomas E Cronin

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 7, 2013

Description

Explores the foundations of state and local politics

 

State and Local Government by the People is about the institutions and political forces that shape policymaking and policy outcomes. Viewing state and local governments as microcosms of what happens at the federal level, this text compares political systems and traditions across states and identifies trends and similarities that exist between them. The textshows students how government directly affects their lives and inspires them to become involved in their community.

  

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand the development of state and local governments over time
  • Understand the major challenges facing state and local governments today
  • Explore how they can become involved in state or local politics

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

1) Brief Table of Contents

  

Chapter 1: State and Local Politics 

Chapter 2: American Federalism

Chapter 3: State Constitutions

Chapter 4: Parties and Elections in the States  

Chapter 5: State Legislatures  

Chapter 6: State Governors  

Chapter 7: Judges and Justice in the States  

Chapter 8: Local Governments and Metropolitics  

Chapter 9: Making State and Local Policy 

Chapter 10: People and Money in State and Local Governments

 


2) Full Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: State and Local Politics 

Who Governs?

Influences on State and Local Governments

Participation Patterns in Local Government

Challenges for State and Local Governments

 

Chapter 2: American Federalism

Defining Federalism

The Constitutional Structure of American Federalism

The National Courts and Federalism

The National Budget as a Tool of Federalism

The Politics of Federalism

 

Chapter 3: State Constitutions

The Roots of State Constitutions

Amending State Constitutions

The Politics of Constitutional Revision

 

Chapter 4: Parties and Elections in the States  

The Constitutional Context: State and Federal Roles in Regulating Elections

Elections at the State and Local Levels

The Role of Political Parties

Party Balance and Imbalance

 

Chapter 5: State Legislatures  

The Legislative Branch

Influences on State Legislators

Modernization and Reform 

Drawing Legislative District Lines

Direct Legislation: Policy Making By The People?

           

Chapter 6: State Governors  

Becoming and Remaining Governor

A Governor’s Formal and Informal Powers

The Job of the Governor: Managing the State

Assisting the Governor: State Executive Officials

Governors Today: Challenges and Rewards

 

Chapter 7: Judges and Justice in the States  

The Structure of State Courts

How Judges Are Chosen

The Criminal Justice System

Prisons

 

Chapter 8: Local Governments and Metropolitics  

The Nature of State and Local Relations

Counties

Towns and Suburbs

City Government

Central City Politics

Metropolitics Today: Meeting the Challenges of Growth and Development

 

Chapter 9: Making State and Local Policy 

Public Education

Higher Education

Social Services

Planning the Urban Community

Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Regulation

 

Chapter 10: People and Money in State and Local Governments 

Staffing State and Local Governments

Paying For State and Local Government

State and Local Government Spending

Assessing State and Local Performance

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