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CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT is a brief "nuts and bolts" book with contemporary examples that offer students a real life view of politics while illustrating the complex principles at work in California Government. In addition to introducing California's complex political system to students, major issues as economics, education, and immigration are discussed as along with their impact on California politics. Coverage of interests groups, campaigns and state/federal relations is particularly notable. Furthermore, the text integrates public policy coverage throughout the text, instead of consigning it to individual chapters-making connections and focusing students on the real impacts and practical effects of legislation and other government activities on their lives.
About the Authors. Preface. 1. California's People, Economy, and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. 2. Political Parties and Direct Democracy: Too Much Democracy? 3. Voters, Candidates, Campaigns, and the Media: The Mix of Money and Marketing. 4. Interest Groups: The Power Behind the Dome. 5. The Legislature: The Perils of Policymaking. 6. Courts, Judges, and Politics: California Law. 7. The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authority. 8. Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policies. 9. Local Government: Politics at the Grass Roots. 10. State-Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaos. Glossary. Index.