Democracy in California

Politics and Government in the Golden State

Author: Brian P. Janiskee,Ken Masugi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442203382

Category: Political Science

Page: 159

View: 1678

Examines the politics and character of California's governmental institutions and discusses how they impact the lives of its citizens.

Local Government in Early America

The Colonial Experience and Lessons from the Founders

Author: Brian P. Janiskee

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442201347

Category: History

Page: 185

View: 4443

In Local Government in Early America, Brian P. Janiskee examines the origins of the "town hall meeting" and other iconic political institutions, whose origins lie in our colonial heritage. This work offers an overview of the structure of local politics in the colonial era, a detailed examination of the thoughts of key founders--such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson--on local politics, and some thoughts on the continued role of local institutions as vital elements of the American political system.

California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach

Author: Larry Gerston,Terry Christensen

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495566500

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 1709

Taking a unique nuts-and-bolts approach, the concise CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 10E, gives students insight into real-life politics as it vividly illustrates the complex principles at work in state government. Current examples and clear explanations give students a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the California government. Thoroughly updated, the new edition addresses many complex economic, social, education, and immigration issues and their impact on state politics. The tenth edition includes new court cases, updates on the ongoing budget crisis, coverage of the 2008 elections, changes in government regulations, and more. In addition, public policy coverage is thoroughly integrated throughout the text, helping students make connections and see firsthand the impact and practical applications of government and legislation on their own lives. Clear, concise, and straightforward, CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 10E, equips students with a solid understanding of how government and politics really work as well as how they affect the students' world now and in the future. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach

Author: Larry N. Gerston,Terry Christensen

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305953495

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 3116

Clear, concise and straightforward, CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, 14th Edition, is the most up-to-date and readable text on this subject. Students gain an understanding of how government and politics work, as well as how they affect their world. The book provides insight into real-life politics as it illustrates the complex forces at work in state government, and current examples enable students to comprehend the ins and outs of California politics. Coverage includes the 2016 elections as well as updates on judicial appointments, the impact of revised term limits for legislators, the state of California's budget, crime and prisons, water and immigration policy, and more. The impact of politics on public policy is integrated throughout the text, helping students see the impact of government and legislation. This text is ideally suited as a companion for an American government class, as well as a foundation for a course on state government. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

California Politics and Government

A Practical Approach

Author: Larry N. Gerston,Terry Christensen

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: Political Science

Page: 146

View: 672

CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT provides a concise yet thorough overview of California's complex political system. This brief "nuts and bolts" treatment uses contemporary examples that are both appealing to read and illustrative of complex principles. The text includes coverage of such major issues as the economy, education, and immigration, and discusses the impact of these issues on California politics. In addition, the text integrates public policy coverage throughout the text, instead of consigning it to one chapter - keeping students focused on the practical effects of legislation and other government activities.

The Statesman's Yearbook 2001

The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World

Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780333775660

Category: Gazetteers

Page: 1985

View: 2391

For 137 years, this yearbook has provided information on the current political, economic and social status of every country in the world. Commissioned essays from major political and academic figures supplement country entries in areas of major upheaval and change. A fold-out colour section provides a political world map and flags for the 191 countries of the world.

A Government by the People

Direct Democracy in America, 1890-1940

Author: Thomas Goebel

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807860182

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3788

Between 1898 and 1918, many American states introduced the initiative, referendum, and recall--known collectively as direct democracy. Most interpreters have seen the motives for these reform measures as purely political, but Thomas Goebel demonstrates that the call for direct democracy was deeply rooted in antimonopoly sentiment. Frustrated with the governmental corruption and favoritism that facilitated the rise of monopolies, advocates of direct democracy aimed to check the influence of legislative bodies and directly empower the people to pass laws and abolish trusts. But direct democracy failed to achieve its promises: corporations and trusts continued to flourish, voter turnout rates did not increase, and interest groups grew stronger. By the 1930s, it was clear that direct democracy favored large organizations with the financial and organizational resources to fund increasingly expensive campaigns. Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of direct democracy, particularly in California, where ballot questions and propositions have addressed such volatile issues as gay rights and affirmative action. In this context, Goebel's analysis of direct democracy's history, evolution, and ultimate unsuitability as a grassroots tool is particularly timely.

Transforming California

A Political History of Land Use and Development

Author: Stephanie S. Pincetl

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801873126

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

View: 7959

In Transforming California, Stephanie Pincetl argues that the transformation of nature in order to enhance economic development lies at the heart of much of the state's recent history. She sees late-twentieth-century California on a path of continued environmental degradation, gripped by cynicism about government. Transforming California describes the evolution of the state's institutions of government as they apply to land use and development, and it shows how land-use decisions affect people's quality of life and their daily interactions with each other and with their environment. Pincetl offers an alternative vision for the renewal of the democratic spirit and process in California and for a reconciliation with nature.

Pacific Eldorado

A History of Greater California

Author: Thomas J. Osborne

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118292162

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 3561

Osborne's work is the first history text to explore the sweep of California's past in relationship to its connections within the maritime world of the Pacific Basin. Presents a provocative and original interpretation of the entire span of California history Reveals how the area's Pacific Basin connections have shaped the Golden State's past Refutes the widely held notion among historians that California was isolated before the onset of the American period in the mid-1800s Represents the first text to draw on anthropologist Jon Erlandson's findings that California's first human inhabitants were likely prehistoric Asian seafarers who navigated the Pacific Rim coastline Includes instructor resources in an online companion site:

Racial Beachhead

Diversity and Democracy in a Military Town

Author: Carol Lynn McKibben

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804778442

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 7270

In 1917, Fort Ord was established in the tiny subdivision of Seaside, California. Over the course of the 20th century, it held great national and military importance—a major launching point for World War II operations, the first base in the military to undergo complete integration, the West Coast's most important training base for draftees in the Vietnam War, a site of important civil rights movements—until its closure in the 1990s. Alongside it, the city of Seaside took form. Racial Beachhead offers the story of this city, shaped over the decades by military policies of racial integration in the context of the ideals of the American civil rights movement. Middle class blacks, together with other military families—black, white, Hispanic, and Asian—created a local politics of inclusion that continues to serve as a reminder that integration can work to change ideas about race. Though Seaside's relationship with the military makes it unique, at the same time the story of Seaside is part and parcel of the story of 20th century American town life. Its story contributes to the growing history of cities of color—those minority-majority places that are increasingly the face of urban America.

Power and Politics in California

Author: Ken Debow,John C Syer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317345312

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 5276

Now in its ninth edition,Power and Politics in California continues its tradition of asking Californians to take a hard and systematic look at their state governance, and engage themselves in a critical analysis of what is working, what is not, and what changes need to be made for the state to meet the increasingly formidable challenges it faces.The era of Arnold is now in its mid-stages, and the rise of this very different political personality has had significant impacts on the state. This ninth edition provides analysis of Governor Schwarzenegger in context and looks forward to how California's fiscal condition, educational system, and response to diversity will play a vital role in shaping the state's politics in the future.

Race and Redistricting in the 1990s

Author: Bernard Grofman

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 0875862659

Category: Law

Page: 420

View: 8504

A portrait of how the 1990s round of redistricting treated the racial and linguistic minorities that had been given special protections by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, primarily African-Americans, but also Native Americans, Asian-Americans, and those of Spanish heritage. Throughout the volume, the primary focus is on the practical politics of redistricting and its consequences for racial representation. Almost all the authors have been directly involved in the 1990s redistricting process either as a legislator, a member of the Voting Rights Section of the Justice Department, a member of a districting commission, or, most commonly, as an expert witness or lawyer in voting rights cases. All bring to bear special insights as well as insider knowledge of Congressional and state redistricting.

Politics in the Golden State

the California connection

Author: Terry Christensen,Larry N. Gerston

Publisher: Scott Foresman & Company

ISBN: 9780673397133

Category: Political Science

Page: 299

View: 9071


American Federalism: A Concise Introduction

A Concise Introduction

Author: Larry N. Gerston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317477251

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 197

View: 9854

Understanding federalism - the form of political organization that unites separate polities within an overarching political system so that all maintain their political integrity - is central to the study of democratic government in the United States. Yet, many political scientists treat federalism as a set of abstract principles or a maze of budgetary transfers with little connection to real political life. This concise and engaging book boils the discussion down to its essence: federalism is about power, specifically the tug for power among and within the various levels of government. Author Larry N. Gerston examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of federalism; the various "change events" that have been involved in defining America's unique set of federal principles over time; and the vertical, horizontal, and international dimensions of federalism in the United States today. The result is a book examining the ways in which institutional political power is both diffused and concentrated in the United States.

California Crackup

How Reform Broke the Golden State and how We Can Fix it

Author: Joe Mathews,Mark Paul

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520268520

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 9763

Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even a constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it? In California Crackup, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and informed answers. Their fast-paced and often humorous narrative deftly exposes the constitutional origins of our current political and economic problems--from the ugly 1879 constitutional convention to Hiram Johnson's Progressive reforms to the Proposition 13 property tax revolt and its legacy of voter initiatives. Mathews and Paul then furnish a uniquely California fix: innovative solutions that allow Californians to debate their choices, settle on the best ones, hold elected officials accountable for results, and choose anew if something doesn't work. Concise, lively, and provocative, California Crackup offers something new: a genuinely democratic operating system for the state.

Governing California

Politics, Government, and Public Policy in the Golden State

Author: Bruce E. Cain

Publisher: University of California Inst of


Category: Political Science

Page: 247

View: 3776


Notable Caribbeans and Caribbean Americans

A Biographical Dictionary

Author: Serafín Mendez Mendez,Gail Cueto,Neysa Rodríguez Deynes

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313314438

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 465

View: 6428

Caribbeans and Caribbean Americans are celebrated in the first major biographical dictionary devoted exclusively to their contributions.

Golden Dreams

California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963

Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199924309

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 1043

A narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose, Kevin Starr's acclaimed multi-volume Americans and the California Dream is an unparalleled work of cultural history. In this volume, Starr covers the crucial postwar period--1950 to 1963--when the California we know today first burst into prominence. Starr brilliantly illuminates the dominant economic, social, and cultural forces in California in these pivotal years. In a powerful blend of telling events, colorful personalities, and insightful analyses, Starr examines such issues as the overnight creation of the postwar California suburb, the rise of Los Angeles as Super City, the reluctant emergence of San Diego as one of the largest cities in the nation, and the decline of political centrism. He explores the Silent Generation and the emergent Boomer youth cult, the Beats and the Hollywood "Rat Pack," the pervasive influence of Zen Buddhism and other Asian traditions in art and design, the rise of the University of California and the emergence of California itself as a utopia of higher education, the cooling of West Coast jazz, freeway and water projects of heroic magnitude, outdoor life and the beginnings of the environmental movement. More broadly, he shows how California not only became the most populous state in the Union, but in fact evolved into a mega-state en route to becoming the global commonwealth it is today. Golden Dreams continues an epic series that has been widely recognized for its signal contribution to the history of American culture in California. It is a book that transcends its stated subject to offer a wealth of insight into the growth of the Sun Belt and the West and indeed the dramatic transformation of America itself in these pivotal years following the Second World War.

Higher Education in the American West

Regional History and State Contexts

Author: Richard W. Jonsen,Patty Limerick,David A. Longanecker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137381957

Category: Education

Page: 318

View: 7345

Higher Education in the American West: Regional History and State Contexts is the first comprehensive regional history of American higher education. It offers new historical research on how societal forces and state actions brought about the region's one thousand two hundred institutions of higher learning in 15 western states.