American State and Local Politics

American State and Local Politics

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With a unique focus on politics and class struggles, this contemporary text shows how the political process works to affect the allocation of resources and relative prosperity of groups. The strength of this new American state and local government text is the continual, cumulative integration of both state and local politics throughout. Includes more actual examples of the electoral bases of state parties and choices made by those parties. Discusses the role of politics in many facets of American life and government. Features: * Organized around the class conflict theme of HAVES VERSUS HAVE NOTS to establish continuity in questions and assessment of conditions. * Provides SUGGESTIONS FOR ANALYSIS IN YOUR OWN STATE/LOCAL AREA section at the end of each chapter, which gives students experience in conducting political analysis and instructors flexibility in making material relevant to individual states/cities. * Promotes critical thinking about the cumulative effects and combinations of politics. * Previews introduce each chapter. * Uses numerous original examples to illustrate concepts. * Moves beyond abstract discussions to illustrated real-life.
* Offers suggestions for further readings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 197.9 x 239.5 x 23.6mm | 1,030.12g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0155003682
  • 9780155003682

Table of contents

Studying State and Local Politics: Perspective and Theme. Federalism and the States: How Much Autonomy? . The Sources of Political Conflict. Political Conflict. States and Their Local Governments and Taxes. Political Parties, Elections and the Representation of Political Concerns. Public Participation and Representation. Interest Groups and Representation. Representation: The Effects of Political Conditions. Executives and Policy Pursuits. The Courts and the Political Agendas of Politicians. Political Control and Public Policy Decisions. Trying to Change Social Conditions: The Design and Impact of Public Policy.
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