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Pulling together cutting-edge selections from such publications as Governing, State Legislatures, State News, and Campaigns & Elections, editors Kevin B. Smith and Amanda Balzer grab your students' interest with highly readable and up-to-date articles that hit close to home. Nearly 40 new articles cover the significant issues facing state and local government with the same context and currency you have come to expect as hallmarks of this reader. The 2011-2012 edition brings the latest analysis into your state and local government course.

Package with Governing States and Localities, 3rd edition, and save your students money! Specify ISBN 978-1-60871-919-8 when placing your order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608718344
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

I Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 1

1 Federalism in the Age of Obama Alan Greenblatt 4

2 Competing and Cooperating Across State Borders in Economic Development: A Call for 'Coopertition' John R. Lombard John C. Morris 8

3 What Really Matters in Health-Care Reform Donald Kettl 17

4 An End Run on the Electoral College Emily Badger Miller-McCune 19

II Elections and Political Environment 21

5 Red Tide Karen Hansen 23

6 Prison-Based Gerrymandering Dilutes Blacks' Voting Power Emily Badger Miller-McCune 29

7 The Future of Redistricting and Rural America Josh Goodman 31

8 Do-It-Yourself Redistricting Micah Altman Michael McDonald 35

III Political Parties and Interest Groups 39

9 Restlessness Unleashed: The Tea Partiers and the Lessons of History Lara Brown 42

10 Tempest in a Tea Party Pamela Prah 46

11 The Great Divide Garry Boulard 49

12 State Political Parties Stand the Risk of Losing Major Party Status in Future Elections Louis JacobsonGoverning 53

IV Legislatures 55

13 Newly in Charge Alan Greenblatt 57

14 Dealing With Term-Limited Legislators Russell Nichols 61

15 What Legislatures Need Now Karl Kurtz Brian Weberg 65

16 Legislatures Expand Training for New Members Melissa Maynard 69

V Governors and Executives 71

17 Goodbye Moderate Governors, Hello Partisans Josh Goodman 73

18 Governors Set the Agenda for a Lean 2011 Stateline Staff 78

19 The Rise of Attorneys General Josh Goodman 84

20 The Nation's Only Health Insurance Commissioner Takes on the Health-Care System John Buntin 88

VI Courts 93

21 The Impact of High-Visibility Contests for U.S. State Court Judgeships: Partisan Voting in Nonpartisan Elections Emily Rock Lawrence Baum 95

22 Executive Summary James Sample Adam Skaggs Jonathan Blitzer Linda Casey 105

23 2010 Judicial Elections Increase Pressure on Courts, Reform Groups Say Brennan Center for Justice 108

VII Bureaucracy 113

24 Public Servants as Public Enemy #1 Peter Harkness 115

25 Election Adds Pressure to Change Public Pensions Stephen C. Fehr 117

26 Local Governments Cutting Jobs and Services Christopher W. Hoene Jacqueline J. Byers 120

27 Does Government Work Require Government Employees? John Buntin 127

VIII Local Government 131

28 States Handing Off More Responsibilities to Cities Alan Greenblatt 134

29 Is Government Consolidation the Answer? Benedict S. Jimenez Rebecca Hendrick 138

30 Colorado Springs' Do-It-Yourself Government Zach Patron 148

31 The Big Apple: Urban Incubator Alan Greenblatt 152

IX Budgets and Taxes 159

32 Deep Holes, Few Options Corina Eckl 161

33 Bringing State Tax Systems into the 21st Century Tim Weldon 166

34 Lottery Revenues Not a Sure Bet Zach Patron 169

35 Efficiency in State Government Mikel Chavers 171

X Policy Challenges 175

36 Interim Analysis: 2011 State of the State Addresses Lauren Stewart 177

37 Right Turn: A New Congress Intent on Fiscal Discipline Means States Can Expect Little Budget Help from Washington Norman J. Ornstein 185

38 Governance Challenges and Options for State and Local Governments Bruce J. Perlman 189

39 Seeking Solutions Alan Greenblatt 200

Text Credits 205

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