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Overview

In our "devolutionary" era, politics at the state and local levels is more interesting than ever. This popular text is the most concise, readable, and current introduction to the field. Now in its ninth edition, the book keeps its focus on the varied and changing political and economic environments in which state and local governments function and their strengths and weaknesses in key areas of public policy.
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Continues the emphasis of early editions on the political and economic environment in which state and local governments function, and their strengths and weaknesses in key areas of public policy. Topics covered include the drive toward devolution in the federal system; fiscal constraints; political corruption; term limits; court decisions on property seizures, affirmative action, and majority-minority districts; and changing approaches to welfare, education, and criminal justice. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205080892
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1984
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 390

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Preface
Pt. 1 State and Local Politics
1 State and Local Politics: An Overview 3
2 The Intergovernmental Environment 36
Pt. 2 State Politics
3 Constitutional Foundations 67
4 Parties, Groups, and Influence 97
5 State Legislative Politics 130
6 Governors and Administratorsin State Politics 163
7 Courts, Judges, and Justice 195
Pt. 3 Local-Level Politics
8 The Setting for Local Politics 223
9 Participation and Power in Local Politics 256
10 Local Government: The Official Policymakers 283
Pt. 4 Problems and Policies
11 The Politics of Finance 311
12 The Politics of Education and Welfare 345
13 Politics, Pollution, and Energy 381
14 The Politics of Planning, Housing, and Transportation 411
15 The Politics of Public Safety 442
Index 473
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