State and Local Government / Edition 8

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Overview

The Fifth Edition provides comprehensive and current coverage of institutions, political behavior, and policy making at the state and local level. Updated to reflect recent policy changes and challenges, the text strives to foster student interest and involvement in local politics, stressing that state government continues to have more legislative responsibility.

With an up-to-date focus on policy, the text covers important issues facing institutions in this milieu such as education, economic development, social welfare, and health care.

  • Revised web resources in every chapter offer the latest information on using the Internet to research state and local government.
  • Expanded box features, Debating Politics and Breaking New Ground, reflect the text's focus on devolution, new challenges facing state and local governments, and the differing policies among states.
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"It takes a positive approach to the subject and attempts to give state and local more of an emphasis than is considered in the popular culture and the media."

"The text is well organized, comprehensive, clear, and addresses the core elements, current and future perspectives of local and state government."

"A very up-to-date and well-organized book. It reflects the dramatic changes and challenges in state and local government since the great economic recession of the last few years."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495802655
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/19/2010
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,211,711
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann O'M. Bowman (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1979) is professor and holder of the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She teaches courses in state and local politics and policy, intergovernmental relations, environmental policy and management, and public policy process. Her research interests revolve around questions of institutional change, policy adoption and implementation, and intergovernmental dynamics. She has published numerous books and articles on these topics over the years.

Richard C. Kearney (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is professor of political science and public administration at North Carolina State University. He teaches courses in state and local politics and policy, public policy, public administration, and leadership. His research interests include comparative state politics and policy, labor relations, and human resource management policy. He has published prolifically on these and related topics.

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Table of Contents

1. New Directions for State and Local Governments. 2. Federalism and the States. 3. State Constitutions. 4. Citizen Participation and Elections. 5. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns. 6. State Legislatures. 7. Governors. 8. Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Delivery. 9. The Judiciary. 10. The Structure of Local Government. 11. Local Leadership and Governance. 12. State & Local Relations. 13. Taxing and Spending. 14. Economic Development. 15. Education Policy. 16. Criminal Justice. 17. Social Welfare and Health Care Policy. 18. Environmental Policy.

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