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This book explores the state of California — viewing the sites as a holistic political culture that reflect the influence of multiple cultures, ethnic groups, and communities of interest. It starts with a broad historical foundation, and travels through cultural analyses and institutional discussions. The evaluation of specific policy issues affecting the state is an important stop along the way, and the crossroads that bringing together the variety of analytic paths. Chapter topics include political culture and politics in postwar California; people, diversity, and culture; politics and economics; political institutions; federal and local relations; political parties, interest groups and the media; elections and political participation; education and environmental policies; immigration.; and civil rights. For individuals interested in California policy work, and gaining a better understanding of that state's unique political culture.
1. The Three States of California: An Introduction.
2. California's Political History.
3. Political Culture and Politics in Postwar California.
4. People, Diversity, and Culture.
II. INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE.
5. California's Economy.
6. California's Constitution and Constitutional Officers.
7. Lawmakers: The Legislature and Direct Democracy.
8. California Justice.
9. Intergovernmental Relations.
III. THE PLAYERS.
10. The Policy Game.
11. Non-Institutional Players: The Media, Political Parties, and Interest Groups.
12. The Electorate as Players: Elections and Political Participation.
13. Education Policy.
14. Environmental Policy.
15. Immigration Policy.
16. Civil Rights Policy.
17. Rethinking California.
Appendix A: California Counties.
Appendix B: California's Constitutional Officers, 2000-2002.
Appendix C: California State Senate, 2000-2002.
Appendix D: California State Assembly, 2000-2002.
Appendix E: County Registrars of Voters.
Appendix F: California Resources on the Web.