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Governing States and Localities

Eighth Edition


August 2021 | 576 pages | CQ Press
The trusted and proven Governing States and Localities guides students through the contentious state of state and local politics and focuses on the role that economic and budget pressures play on issues facing them.  With their engaging journalistic writing and crisp storytelling, the authors provide a comparative approach to explain how and why states and localities are both similar and different.  The Eighth Edition is thoroughly updated to account for such major state and local developments and conflicts and the impact of the Donald Trump presidency on intergovernmental relations and issues of central interest to states and localities.
 
Chapter 1 • Introduction to State and Local Government: They Tax Dogs in West Virginia, Don’t They?
 
Chapter 2 • Federalism: The Power Plan
 
Chapter 3 • Constitutions: Operating Instructions
 
Chapter 4 • Finance: Filling the Till and Paying the Bills
 
Chapter 5 • Political Attitudes and Participation: Venting and Voting
 
Chapter 6 • Parties and Interest Groups: Elephants, Donkeys, and Cash Cows
 
Chapter 7 • Legislatures: The Art of Herding Cats
 
Chapter 8 • Governors and Executives: There Is No Such Thing as Absolute Power
 
Chapter 9 • Courts: Turning Law into Politics
 
Chapter 10 • Bureaucracy: What Nobody Wants but Everybody Needs
 
Chapter 11 • Local Government: Function Follows Form
 
Chapter 12 • Metropolitics: The Hole Problem of Government
 
Chapter 13 • Education: Reading, Writing, and Regulation
 
Chapter 14 • Crime and Punishment
 
Chapter 15 • Health and Welfare
 
Chapter 16 • Environment and Climate Change: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

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