Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780134679129
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/2/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

MATTHEW ALAN CAHN is Director of the Center for Southern California Studies and Professor of Public Policy at California State University, Northridge. His research interests include California politics, urban environmental policy, and resource management. Dr. Cahn has been involved in several applied policy areas, ranging from transportation issues in metropolitan Los Angeles to the question of marine protected areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Environmental Deceptions; Thinking about the Environment; and California: An Owner's Manual. Over the years Dr. Cahn has taught at San Francisco State, San Jose State, the University of Southern California, and UC Santa Barbara.

H. ERIC SCHOCKMAN is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He has headed up numerous policy "thinktanks" and served as a high level consultant to the California Legislature and the City Council of Los Angeles. Dr. Schockman is the author of numerous academic manuscripts, articles, and books, including Rethinking Los Angeles and California: An Owner's Manual. He served as pro-bono Policy Director for the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, and he currently sits as a Commissioner on the State of California's Little Hoover Commission, a government oversight and efficiency commission.

DAVID M. SHAFIE is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. His research interests include state and local politics, environmental policy, and media and politics. He has also been a journalist and has taught at California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Fullerton.

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Table of Contents


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.


5. California's Economy.
6. California's Constitution and Constitutional Officers.
7. Lawmakers: The Legislature and Direct Democracy.
8. California Justice.
9. Intergovernmental Relations.


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.

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