Recall!: California's Political Earthquake / Edition 1

Recall!: California's Political Earthquake / Edition 1

by Larry N. Gerston, Terry Christensen
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765614575
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IThe Politics of Recall
1The California Republic: More Like a Nation Than a State3
2Elements of a Perfect Storm14
Pt. IIThe Shaping of the Battle
3The Legislature: Gridlock Defined29
4Governor Gray Davis: Triumph, Decline, Denial38
5Qualifying for the Ballot: Right-Wing Conspiracy or Convergence of Interests?49
Pt. IIIThe Campaign
6The 75-Day Sprint65
7The Issues82
8Interest Groups: Taking Sides96
9The Campaigns and the Media Whose Election Is It Anyway?111
Pt. IVThe Outcome
10Davis Loses the Recall Battle129
11Recall and Political Stability in California: Can They Coexist?140
12Epilogue154
App. ARecall Timeline163
App. BThe 2003 Recall Election and California Politics on the Internet167
Notes169
Index181
About the Authors187

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