Recall!: California's Political Earthquake

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Gerston and Christensen (both of the department of political science, San Jose State U.) analyze the institutions and events that led to the inauguration of Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor. Although most of the material concentrates on the recall campaign and the special elections, the authors begin with a discussion of the political problems that led to the recall, including the budget shortfalls, the power crisis, and a plunging economy. They profile the major candidates, the ...
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Overview

Gerston and Christensen (both of the department of political science, San Jose State U.) analyze the institutions and events that led to the inauguration of Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor. Although most of the material concentrates on the recall campaign and the special elections, the authors begin with a discussion of the political problems that led to the recall, including the budget shortfalls, the power crisis, and a plunging economy. They profile the major candidates, the issues of the campaign, the involved interest groups, and the role of the media. Finally, the examine the key factors for the elections outcome and assess the future of political stability in the state. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765614568
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Politics of Recall
1 The California Republic: More Like a Nation Than a State 3
2 Elements of a Perfect Storm 14
Pt. II The Shaping of the Battle
3 The Legislature: Gridlock Defined 29
4 Governor Gray Davis: Triumph, Decline, Denial 38
5 Qualifying for the Ballot: Right-Wing Conspiracy or Convergence of Interests? 49
Pt. III The Campaign
6 The 75-Day Sprint 65
7 The Issues 82
8 Interest Groups: Taking Sides 96
9 The Campaigns and the Media Whose Election Is It Anyway? 111
Pt. IV The Outcome
10 Davis Loses the Recall Battle 129
11 Recall and Political Stability in California: Can They Coexist? 140
12 Epilogue 154
App. A Recall Timeline 163
App. B The 2003 Recall Election and California Politics on the Internet 167
Notes 169
Index 181
About the Authors 187
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