California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach / Edition 11

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Overview

Taking a unique nuts-and-bolts approach, the concise CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 11E, gives students insight into real-life politics as it vividly illustrates the complex principles at work in state government. Current examples — including analysis of the 2010 gubernatorial race — and clear explanations give students a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the California government. Thoroughly updated, the new edition addresses many complex economic, social, education, and immigration issues and their impact on state politics. The eleventh edition includes new court cases, updates on the ongoing budget crisis, coverage of the 2010 elections, changes in government regulations, and more. In addition, public policy coverage is thoroughly integrated throughout the text, helping students make connections and see firsthand the impact and practical applications of government and legislation on their own lives. Clear, concise, and straightforward, CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 11E, equips students with a solid understanding of how government and politics really work as well as how they affect the students' world, now and in the future.

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"The authors are successful in presenting the structure of California's government, political institutions, and the political process, as well as identifying the actual impact and results of those elements." — Alexander Yamato, San Jose State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495913450
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 415,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry N. Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, interacts with the political process as both an author and an observer. As an author, he has written ten academic books in addition to CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, including MAKING PUBLIC POLICY: FROM CONFLICT TO RESOLUTION (1983), POLITICS IN THE GOLDEN STATE (with Terry Christensen, 1984), THE DEREGULATED SOCIETY (with Cynthia Fraleigh and Robert Schwab, 1988), AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: POLITICS, PROCESS AND POLICIES (1993), PUBLIC POLICY: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES (1987), PUBLIC POLICYMAKING IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY: A GUIDE TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (2002), RECALL! CALIFORNIA'S POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE (with Terry Christensen, 2004), AMERICAN FEDERALISM: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION (2007), CONFRONTING REALITY: TEN ISSUES THREATENING TO IMPLODE AMERICAN SOCIETY AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT (2009), and NOT SO GOLDEN AFTER ALL: THE RISE AND FALL OF CALIFORNIA (2012). As an observer, Gerston serves as the political analyst for NBC11, a San Francisco Bay Area television station, where he appears on a regular basis. He has written more than a hundred op-ed pieces for newspapers throughout the nation and speaks often on issues such as civic engagement and personal political empowerment.

Terry Christensen is a San Jose State University Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Among his other awards for scholarship and service to the university, he was named Outstanding Professor in 1998. He is the author or co-author of nine books and frequent newspaper op-ed pieces. Local and national media regularly call on him for analysis of politics in California and Silicon Valley. In addition to other books co-authored with Larry Gerston, his works include PROJECTING POLITICS: POLITICAL MESSAGES IN AMERICAN FILMS (with Peter Haas, 2005), and LOCAL POLITICS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GOVERNING AT THE GRASSROOTS (with Tom Hogen-Esch, 2006). Christensen is experienced in practical politics at the local level as an advocate of policy proposals, an adviser to grassroots groups, and an adviser and mentor to candidates for local office—many of whom are his former students. He has served on numerous civic committees and commissions. He was the founding executive director of CommUniverCity San Jose (www.communivercitysanjose.org), a partnership between the City of San Jose, San Jose State University, and adjacent neighborhoods. Through CommUniverCity hundreds of students are learning about life and politics in their community through service projects selected by neighborhood residents and supported by the city.

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Table of Contents

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.

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