Democracy in California: Politics and Government in the Golden State

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In Democracy in California: Politics and Government 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. This third edition is updated throughout and includes analysis of the 2010 election. In addition to thorough coverage of California's constitution and development, this book also examines each branch of government as welt as local systems. As Janiskee and Masugi explore ...

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Overview

In Democracy in California: Politics and Government 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. This third edition is updated throughout and includes analysis of the 2010 election. In addition to thorough coverage of California's constitution and development, this book also examines each branch of government as welt 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. Janiskee and Masugi have added case studies to each chapter, bringing ideas to life, challenging the reader to become an active participant in California politics, and providing ideal starting points for class discussions. 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

Ralph A. Rossum
In their succinct, highly-readable, and now updated guide to California politics, Janiskee and Masugi provide a historical overview and contemporary account of the major constitutional features, governmental arrangements, fiscal practices, and diverse social characteristics of the Golden State.
Aiming high, they consciously model their Democracy in California on Tocqueville's Democracy in America. They offer thoughtful meditations on Tocqueville's insights into the principles, problems, and prospects of democratic life. Their aim is uncannily accurate. This is an indispensable book for anyone wishing to understand and assess the successes and failures of California politics and government.
John J. Pitney
Janiskee and Masugi have done it again with the third edition, producing a cogent analysis of California politics that is both timely and rooted in historical context. With tight prose and thorough research, it shows how Progressivism continues to shape state politics, with results that are often far from progressive. This book is a wonderful brief introduction to the not-always-golden politics of the Golden State.
John J. Pitney Jr.
Janiskee and Masugi have done it again with the third edition, producing a cogent analysis of California politics that is both timely and rooted in historical context. With tight prose and thorough research, it shows how Progressivism continues to shape state politics, with results that are often far from progressive. This book is a wonderful brief introduction to the not-always-golden politics of the Golden State.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442203389
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 399,329
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Janiskee is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at California State University at San Bernardino, where he is also a faculty member in the national security studies program. In addition, he is a fellow of the Claremont Institute and active with the Center for Local Government. He has published several articles in topics ranging from special districts to crime policy to presidential elections. He lives in Highland, California.

Ken Masugi was director of the Center for Local Government of the Claremont Institute. He is editor of Interpreting Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" (described in the American Political Science Review as representing a "revolution in Tocqueville scholarship") and coeditor of four other books on modern and American political thought. He has served in the federal government as a speechwriter for high-level officials, including members of the Cabinet.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix

Introduction 1

1 Diversity 7

2 A Progressive Constitution 19

3 Public Opinion and the Media 27

4 Parties and Interest Groups 39

5 Campaigns and Elections 49

6 The Legislature 61

7 The Executive 71

8 The Courts 83

9 The Budget and Government Finance 93

10 Local Government 103

Epilogue 111

Glossary 115

Notes 119

Bibliography 137

Index 151

About the Authors 159

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