State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform / Edition 3

State and Local Politics: Institutions and Reform / Edition 3

by Todd Donovan, Daniel Smith
     
 

In this Third Edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Donovan, Mooney, and Smith go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. Offering an engaging comparative approach, the Third Edition shows students how politics and government differ between states and communities, and points out the causes and

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In this Third Edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Donovan, Mooney, and Smith go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. Offering an engaging comparative approach, the Third Edition shows students how politics and government differ between states and communities, and points out the causes and effects of those variations. The text also focuses on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables students to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks them to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages them to consider more sophisticated solutions. Written by three young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM incorporates the most recent scholarship available into the course, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781111833107
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/13/2012
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to State and Local Politics. 2. Federalism: State Politics within a Federal System. 3. Participation, Elections, and Representation. 4. State and Local Direct Democracy. 5. Political Parties. 6. Interest Groups. 7. State Legislatures. 8. Governors and the State Bureaucracy. 9. The Court System and Criminal Justice. 10. The Structure of Municipal Governments. 11. The Politics of Land Use and Development. 12. State and Local Fiscal Policy. 13. Morality Politics. 14. Social Welfare and Health Care Politics. 15. Education Politics. Glossary. Index.

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