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Thoroughly updated with the coverage of the 2008 elections, the Fifth Edition of California Government offers a balanced exploration of the institutional and behavioral aspects of the state's political foundations. Not only does this text fulfill the state politics requirement of the Cal State University system, but its comparative perspective and attention to issues of ethnicity make it a valuable complement to any general government text. Pedagogical features include a glossary of terms specific to the state of California, chapter-opening epigrams, and an extensive Notes section at the end of the text.
- Up-to-date analyses in this edition include: the strategic use of the initiative process by politicians such as Governor Schwarzenegger and "policy entrepreneurs" like Howard Jarvis; the challenges facing traditional media from new media, especially the blogosphere; and the impact of crossover voting in California's modified closed primary system.
- Additional emphasis on the changing demographics of California.
- The Student Website provides access to chapter summaries, chapter links and sample test questions.
- A Glossary of key terms is provided at the back of the book.
- Surfing California: Internet Resources appear at the end of each chapter for further exploration of California Government on the internet.
- The Instructor Website provides access to a test bank and PowerPoint slides to help you prepare for class.
1. "America, Only More So".
2. The State Constitution and "Hybrid Democracy".
3. Public Opinion and the Media.
4. Political Parties.
5. Campaigns and Elections.
6. The State Legislature.
7. The State's Plural Executive Governor.
8. Courts, Constitutions, and Corrections.
9. Local Governments and Tribal Governments.
10. Financing California Government.
A Note on Sources.