Cultures of the States: A Handbook on the Effectiveness of State Governments

Cultures of the States: A Handbook on the Effectiveness of State Governments

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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Cultures of the States: A Handbook on the Effectiveness of State Governments

This book describes a study of the 50 states by examining statistical information generated as a result of state policymaker's decisions or indecisions. More than 200 pages of narrative introduce the problem, describe the factors over which state governments exercise control, report the findings, and provide interpretations of results from both historical and statistical perspectives. The book is about those areas of human activity in which state governments exercise power and control: crime and punishment, health care and highways, schools and universities, and taxes and expenditures. State officials work diligently but often routinely to cope with problems and possibilities that state governments confront each day: death on he highways, potholes in the roads, murder in the streets, achievement in the schools, medical care for the elderly, taxation for resources, and expenditures for services. Policymakers, especially those concerned with re-election, often urge "no more taxes," "students must be accountable," or "we must get more businesses to come into the state," but information about such problems that is available to policymakers and cities alike is often inadequate, inaccurate, or politically biased. Statistical information from reliable sources on hundreds of variables over which state governments have either influence or control have been organized in this book in identical ways with each table showing every state's ranking on one variable (e.g., personal income; death from heart disease by race and gender; death from diabetes by race and gender; infant mortality; suicide rate; farm income; households with computers; R & D by industry; percent of workers in labor unions; workers' compensation; percent below poverty line; number of patents issued; number of prison inmates; murder; forcible rape; robbery; larceny; number of sworn police officers; alcohol consumed; automobile fatalities; seat belts not used in automobile deaths; clients in treatment for drug abuse; number of correction employees;

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810847682
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Jack Frymier has been a public school teacher, administrator, university professor, and researcher, and is currently professor emeritus at The Ohio State University. Arliss L. Roaden is a professional consultant on higher education and educational assessment following his retirement as Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 1. Culture Part 3 2. Power Part 4 3. Tax Factors Part 5 4. Crime and Punishment Factors Part 6 5. Mortality Factors Part 7 6. Health Factors Part 8 7. Education Factors Chapter 9 8. Economic Factors Part 10 9. SUMMARY Factor and Problems Profiles Part 11 10. Race and Gender Part 12 11. Cultures of the States: Conclusions Part 13 Appendixes Chapter 14 A. Minnesota: Cold Sunbelt by Ted Kolderie Chapter 15 B. Methodology: Words and Numbers Chapter 16 C. Tables and Factors That Comprise SUMMARY Chapter 17 D. Tables on Race, Gender, and Death Chapter 18 E. Tables for Other Comparisons Chapter 19 F. Factual Information about the Civil War Chapter 20 G. Rankings of the States Chapter 21 H. References and Sources Part 22 About the Authors

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Ted Kolderie

Over the years most of the books I've seen ranking states or cities have not been quite satisfactory. Partly this is because most rested on pretty shaky ground. Their authors didn't always think carefully in picking measures of "good" and measures of "bad." Surveys of this sort made good reading locally but produced rankings that were sometimes pretty silly. This book is different. The authors take all the indices that could find, rank these, then step back to look at the results before trying to interpret what they see. I've now given my copies to the people working most seriously on the future of Minnesota, in state government and in the private sector. My state comes out well, but Minnesota has serious challenges, too. The rankings show what we need to hold and what we need to work on.

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