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The Seventh Edition of this best-selling text continues to provide the comprehensive and current coverage of institutions, political behavior, and policy-making at the state and local level. The strong policy orientation of the text, as well as its unifying theme of the increased capacity and responsibility of state and local governments, has established this text as the standard for this course. The authors' thorough examination of state and local governments includes a historical perspective that explains both the development of the existing structures as well as their function in the current political scene. New!Fully updated coverage includes a discussion of the roles of state and local governments in illegal immigration, homeland security, and natural disasters, as well as results of recent state elections. New!A four-color design presents information in a more visually appealing and accessible format. New!Breaking New GroundandDebating Politicsboxes facilitate critical thinking and class discussion with presentation of policy innovations and controversial issues in state and local government. Chapter Recapfeature helps students to review key concepts. Expanded coverage of Native American governments discusses their relationship to the federal and other state and local governments. Thoroughly updated coverage of e-government and the Internet explores the impact of technology on state and local government and on citizen participation. Updated and expanded web resources in every chapter offer students the latest information on using the Internet to research state and local governments. The enhancedState and Local GovernmentOnline Teaching and Study Centers offer additional resources for instructors and students.
Table of Contents
New Directions for State and Local Government Studying State and Local Government in the Twenty-First Century The Capacity of States and Localities The People: Designers and Consumers of Government Linking Capacity to Results
Federalism and the States The Concept of Federalism The History of U.S. Federalism Models of Federalism Intergovernmental Relations Federal Purse Strings Set-Asides, and Cost Ceilings The Future of Federalism
State Constitutions The Evolution of State Constitutions Weaknesses of Constitutions Constitutional Reform Methods for Constitutional Change State Responsiveness and Constitutional Reform
Citizen Participation and Elections Participation Elections Direct Democracy Citizen Access to Government The Effects of Citizen Participation
Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns Political Parties Interest Groups Political Campaigns
State Legislatures The Essence of Legislatures Legislative Dynamics Legislative Behavior How a Bill Becomes Law Legislative Reform and Capacity Relationship with the Executive Branch Legislatures and Capacity
Governors The Office of Governor Being Governor: Duties and Responsibilities Formal Powers of the Governor Informal Powers Removal from Office Other Executive Branch Officials The Capability of U.S. Governors
Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Delivery Public Employees in State and Local Government: Who They Are, What They Do Budgeting in State and Local Government Human Resource Policy in State and Local Government: From Patronage to Merit The Politics of Bureaucracy Reinventing Government The Quality of Public Administration
The Judiciary The Structure of State Court Systems How Judges Are Selected Judicial Decisionmaking New Judicial Federalism Administrative and Organizational Improvements in State Courts
The Structure of Local Government Orientations to Communities County Government Municipal Government Towns and Townships Special Districts School Districts Communities and Governance
Local Leadership and Governance Community Power Local Executives Local Legislatures Property Rights: A Controversial Issue Leadership and Capacity
State-Local Relations The Distribution of Authority Metropolitics: A New Challenge for State Government States and Urban Policy States and Their Rural Communities The Interaction of State and Local Governments
State and Local Finance The Principles of Finance Revenues The Political Economy of Taxation Managing Money State and Local Financial Relations State and Local Finance in the 2000s
Economic Development Regional Differences in Economic Prosperity Approaches to Economic Development The Politics of Economic Growth Current Initiatives Persistent Questions Implications of Economic Development Policy
Education Policy The Crisis in Education Intergovernmental Roles in Education Actors in Education Policy Educational Innovation in the States The Continuing Challenge of Public Education
Criminal Justice How Much Crime Is There? Intergovernmental Roles in Criminal Justice The Ongoing Challenge of Crime Fighting Actors in Criminal Justice Policy How Policy Participants Interact: Two Policy Areas Correctional Policy Policy Alternatives for States and Localities The Continuing Challenge in Crime and Corrections
Social Welfare and Health Care Policy The Meaning of Poverty Social Welfare and Ideology Current Social Welfare Policy Types of Social Welfare Programs State Innovations in Social Welfare
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