California Government and Politics Today / Edition 12

California Government and Politics Today / Edition 12

by Mona Field
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205620078

ISBN-13: 9780205620074

Pub. Date: 02/20/2008

Publisher: Longman

Updated in a new 13th edition, this book offers a unique insider’s view that engages and informs. Written by elected official Mona Field, this book blends political data with economic, cultural, and demographic trends, and provides clear and succinct coverage of California’s government.

Unlike other books in its field this book presents two contrasting

Overview

Updated in a new 13th edition, this book offers a unique insider’s view that engages and informs. Written by elected official Mona Field, this book blends political data with economic, cultural, and demographic trends, and provides clear and succinct coverage of California’s government.

Unlike other books in its field this book presents two contrasting viewpoints on important political issues facing the state, and poses questions to spark conversation and encourage critical thinking. it also provides insight into the unique political structures and processes of California by comparing them to the federal system, other states, and other nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205620074
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
02/20/2008
Series:
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Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Chapter 1 California Politics in Perspective 1

Chapter 2 The Californians: Land, People, and Political Culture 10

Chapter 3 California's Historical Development 20

Chapter 4 Freedom and Equality: California's Delicate Balance 28

Chapter 5 Media Influences and Interest Groups 38

Chapter 6 Political Parties and Other Voluntary Organizations 47

Chapter 7 Campaigns and Elections: Too Many? 55

Chapter 8 The California Legislature 64

Chapter 9 California's Plural Executive: Governor Plus Seven 75

Chapter 10 Paying the Bills: California's Budget Struggles 86

Chapter 11 California Courts and Judges 96

Chapter 12 Criminal Justice and Civil Law 104

Chapter 13 City Governments: Providing the Basics 113

Chapter 14 Beyond Cities: Counties, Special Districts, Education Districts, and Regional Agencies 121

Chapter 15 Challenges for California's Future 129

Appendix A Directory of Political Organizations That Anyone Can Join 138

Appendix B California State Offices 140

Appendix C How to Get in Touch with Your Elected Officials 144

Glossary 145

Bibliography 149

Index 151

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