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Overview

In Democracy in California: Government and Politics in the Golden State, Brian P. Janiskee and Ken Masugi clearly explain the politics and character of California's governmental institutions and the dynamics affecting the lives of its citizens. The Post-Recall Edition is updated throughout and includes a special discussion of the effects of the unprecedented recall election. In addition to thorough coverage of California's constitution and development, this book also examines each branch of government as well as local systems. As Janiskee and Masugi explore the nature of public opinion, parties, and campaigns, they show the effects that the state's diverse population has on all levels of politics and government. Perfect for courses in American government and state and local politics, Democracy in California is a succinct guide to the governmental intricacies of our nation's most populous state.

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Editorial Reviews

National Review
A brief but valuable textbook on the operation of one of the most important and complex governments in the world: the State of California. Tip O'Neil was right that all politics are local; this book shows how the great issues of self-government work out at the most prosaic of levels.
— Michael Potemra
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Janiskee and Masugi present a concise, complete review of California government that includes all of the topics found in a state and local government text. . . . A valuable addition to the study of state and local governments. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and all academic collections.
Perspectives On Political Science
A valuable work that examines the workings and peculiarities of California government that exist in 2004.
National Review - Michael Potemra
A brief but valuable textbook on the operation of one of the most important and complex governments in the world: the State of California. Tip O'Neil was right that all politics are local; this book shows how the great issues of self-government work out at the most prosaic of levels.
CHOICE
Janiskee and Masugi present a concise, complete review of California government that includes all of the topics found in a state and local government text. . . . A valuable addition to the study of state and local governments. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and all academic collections.
Richard H. Reeb
Brian P. Janiskee and Ken Masugi have combined the standard features of a California goverment text with a thoughtful historical and philosophical approach that places California within the broad scope of American experience and Western political thought. But the book is more than high-minded or useful: it is dead-on timely too.
Perspectives on Political Science
A valuable work that examines the workings and peculiarities of California government that exist in 2004.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742534841
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: Post-Recall Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Janiskee is assistant professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. Ken Masugi is the director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute. Together they have also edited, The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 From Tribes to One Common Citizenry: California's Diversity Chapter 4 Constitutional Government in California: The Evolution of a Progressive State Chapter 5 Public Opinion and the Media Chapter 6 Parties and Interest Groups Chapter 7 Campaigns and Elections Chapter 8 The Legislature Chapter 9 The Executive Chapter 10 The California Courts and the Progressive Legislature Chapter 11 The Budget and Government Finance Chapter 12 Local Government Chapter 13 The Recall Election Chapter 14 Glossary Chapter 15 Bibliography

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