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CALIFORNIA: THE POLITICS OF DIVERSITY, Eighth Edition, is a comprehensive text that explores the uniqueness and excitement of California's political environment through two key themes: diversity and hyperpluralism. An experienced educator with a background in local government, Lawrence brings an informed, insightful perspective to the examination of the numerous pressures that make governing the state increasingly challenging. To help readers better understand California politics in a national context, the text also discusses aspects of American politics such as the democratic, elite, and pluralist theories and shows how those concepts can aid in understanding California politics.
- Updated election coverage throughout and several new case studies are included in the boxed features "In Brief," "California Voices," and "Did You Know?" with updated information about the 2012 elections.
- Discussion of key political talking points, such as marriage equality and immigration.
- Updated figures and tables are featured throughout the book, emphasizing the most up-to-date data and information available at time of publication.
- Chapters have been closely reviewed and unnecessary information has been removed, per review request, in order to keep the book concise and easy to read.
- Several figures and tables with side-by-side comparisons of California to other states or the country as a whole have been added.
- Increased coverage of political parties and interest groups in response to reviewer feedback.
- "In Brief" boxes and outlines preview forthcoming content.
- "California Voices" boxes feature the insights of prominent Californians, past and present.
- "Did You Know?" boxes feature interesting facts related to chapter topics
- To provide a uniquely detailed and realistic view of politics in California, the author focuses on two central themes: diversity (including economic, social, geographic, and political) and hyperpluralism (politics and policy dominated by group conflict and, at times, gridlock).
- The text includes numerous telling comparison points by examining data such as housing costs, taxes, transportation spending, and education spending in California and several other states.
- A strong public policy focus throughout the text allows for a clear, consistent exploration of the practical results of California legislation and government.
2. California's Political Development.
3. Constitutionalism and Federalism: The Perimeters of California Politics.
4. Direct Democracy in a Hyperpluralistic Age.
5. How Californians Participate.
6. Linking People and Policymakers: Media, Parties, and Interest Groups.
7. Legislative Politics.
8. Executive Politics.
9. California's Judiciary.
10. Community Politics.
11. Budget Policy: The Cost of Diversity.
12. Policies Stemming from Growth.
13. Policies Stemming from Diversity.
"A great primer on the concepts of [the] three branches of government and how they interact to create and amend policies."- Mark Smith, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
"Easy to read, easy for the students to read and follow—great flow."- Antoine Clerc, College of the Desert