California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It / Edition 1

California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It / Edition 1

by Joe Mathews, Mark Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520266560

ISBN-13: 9780520266568

Pub. Date: 08/04/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even for a new constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it? In California Crackup, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and

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Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even for a new constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it? In California Crackup, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and informed answers and innovative solutions that allow Californians to debate their choices, settle on the best ones, hold elected officials accountable for results, and choose anew if something doesn't work. Concise, lively, and provocative, California Crackup offers something new: a genuinely democratic operating system for the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520266568
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/04/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
358,241
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.08(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Prologue. Out of Luck 1

Part I Building and Breaking California

1 Crisis without Exit 7

2 History and the Constitution 16

3 Empowering and Shackling Sacramento 35

4 From Teachers to Janitors: Direct Democracy Demotes the Legislature 58

Part II The California Fix

5 Budgeting without Shackles 79

6 The Architecture of Political Frustration 105

7 Remaking Elections and the Legislature 126

8 Government from the Bottom Up 151

9 A More Direct Democracy 166

Epilogue. Good Rules to Match Its Mountains 185

Notes 193

Acknowledgments 211

Index 217

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