State & Local Politics: Institutions & Reform: The Essentials / Edition 2

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Overview

In this second edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS & REFORM: THE ESSENTIALS—a concise version of their acclaimed new text—Donovan, Smith, and Mooney go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts and offer an engaging comparative approach, showing students how politics and government differ between states and communities and describing the causes and effects of those variations. In addition, the text 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, the text incorporates the most recent scholarship available, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides. An abbreviated, cost-effective text, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS & REFORM: THE ESSENTIALS covers the core concepts students need to gain a solid understanding of state and local government, all within ten chapters.

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"The narrative is lively and engaging offering concrete examples from real life experience. The major themes of the book are laid out in Chapter 1, with a heavy focus on institutions and politics. I think the chapter is extremely well organized, logical, and the writing style both interesting and clear. . . . " - Tom Hogen-Esch, California State University, Northridge

"The writing style is engaging and often witty, making the material accessible to perhaps even the most apathetic undergraduate." - Haider-Markel, University of Kansas

"Strengths [include] good use of current scholarship in the field; good coverage of not only relevant political institutions but also of policy issues; [and the] maps and tables throughout are essential and are well done." - Robert Breckinridge, Mount Aloysius College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495908104
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 494,633
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Donovan (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is a professor of Political Science at Western Washington University. He teaches state and local politics; American politics, parties, campaigns, and elections; comparative electoral systems; and introductory research methods and statistics. His research interests include direct democracy, election systems and representation, political behavior, subnational politics, and the political economy of local development. He has been published extensively in academic journals; written a number of books on direct democracy, elections, institutions, and reform; and has received numerous grants and awards for his work. He is coauthor (with Ken Hoover) of THE ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC THINKING, also published by Cengage Learning.

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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 and Interest Groups. 6. State Legislatures. 7. Governors 8. The Court System. 9. The Structure of Local Governments. 10. State and Fiscal Politics.

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