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Written by a professor and elected official, California Government and Politics Today offers a unique insider's view that engages and informs students. Blending political data with economic, cultural and demographic trends, this text provides clear and succinct coverage of California's government while encouraging students to become politically involved.
Debating the Issues boxes present two contrasting viewpoints on important political issues facing the state, and pose an “Ask Yourself” question to spark conversation and encourage critical thinking.
Compared to California boxes provide insight into the unique political structures and processes of California by comparing them to the federal system, other states, and other nations.
Enjoying Media: Movies to See and Websites to Explore includes a list of must-see documentaries and Hollywood films as well as websites that illuminate various aspects of California life and bring the subject to life.
Questions to Consider posed at the end of each chapter prompt students to apply the information from the text to their own experiences.
|Ch. 1||California Politics in Perspective||1|
|Ch. 2||The Californians: Land, People, and Political Culture||8|
|Ch. 3||California's Historical Development||16|
|Ch. 4||Freedom and Equality: California's Delicate Balance||22|
|Ch. 5||Media Influences and Pressure Groups||29|
|Ch. 6||Political Parties and Other Voluntary Associations||36|
|Ch. 7||Campaigns and Elections||42|
|Ch. 8||The California Legislature||49|
|Ch. 9||The California Executive||57|
|Ch. 10||The California Courts||66|
|Ch. 11||Criminal Justice and Civil Law||73|
|Ch. 12||City Governments||80|
|Ch. 13||Counties, Special Districts, and Regional Agencies||87|
|Ch. 14||Financing the Golden State||94|
|Ch. 15||Issues for the New Century||102|
|App. A||Directory of Political Organizations||110|
|App. B||California State Officers||114|
|App. C||Useful Web Sites||127|