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Governing States and Localities

Ninth Edition


June 2023 | 608 pages | CQ Press
From the lingering but long-lasting effects of the COVID pandemic to the growing diffusion of partisan polarization through the various levels of government, the Ninth Edition of Governing States and Localities introduces students to the most recent challenges, developments, and political changes impacting state and local politics. Employing a comparative approach, bestselling authors Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt illustrate the similarities and differences in the way state and local governments operate to show students the real-world application of policy and politics.

This edition keeps students engaged with a crisp journalistic style while providing a comprehensive introduction to state and local governments that is easily accessible to undergraduates in a variety of majors.

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Map of the United States
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
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
 
Notes
 
Glossary
 
Index

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