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This text offers a thematic, comprehensive look at California politics written from the perspective of someone who teaches California Politics and has worked in local government.
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"A great primer on the concepts of [the] three branches of government and how they interact to create and amend policies."- Mark Smith, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

"Easy to read, easy for the students to read and follow—great flow."- Antoine Clerc, College of the Desert

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495570974
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Lawrence is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. As a teacher, scholar, and former public official, he applies theory and practice to California politics. He served on a city council as mayor pro tem, chaired a regional planning agency, and is former president of CALCOG, the California Association of Councils of Governments. He currently serves on the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee, a group that advises the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments on the expenditure of sales tax revenues earmarked for transportation (an estimated $1 billion over 30 years). He is also former president of the California Center for Education in Public Affairs, a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to helping students better understand California politics through Sacramento seminars and post-election briefings.

Jeff Cummins (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Fresno. He previously worked for the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) in Sacramento where he advised the legislature on budgetary and policy issues. He also worked for the California State Auditor, performing audits of various state agencies. He teaches several courses on California government, including California Politics, Public Budgeting, and Educational Policy Environments. His publications on state politics and policy have appeared in such journals as State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and American Politics Research. He is a frequent contributor to the news media, where his commentary on California politics can be heard on the radio, including local affiliates of National Public Radio (NPR), and read in newspapers, such as the Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, and Fresno Bee.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Foundations of California Politics 1
1 Explaining California Politics 3
2 California's Political Development 21
3 Constitutionalism and Federalism: The Perimeters of California Politics 41
Pt. 2 Political Participation in California 57
4 Direct Democracy in a Hyperpluralistic Age 59
5 The Political Behavior of Californians 76
6 Linking People and Policymakers 92
Pt. 3 Political Institutions in California 115
7 Legislative Politics 117
8 Executive Politics 144
9 California's Judiciary 168
10 Community Politics 190
Pt. 4 Public Policy in California 215
11 Budget Policy: The Cost of Diversity 217
12 Policies Stemming from Growth 239
13 Policies Stemming from Diversity 262
Index 286
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