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CALIFORNIA: THE POLITICS OF DIVERSITY, 9th Edition, explores the uniqueness and excitement of California's political environment through two key themes: diversity and hyperpluralism. Experienced educators with backgrounds in state and local government, Lawrence and Cummins bring 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, this comprehensive 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.
- New Learning Outcomes highlight what students should master in each chapter.
- Updated election coverage and several new case studies are included in the boxed features "California Voices" and "Did You Know?"
- Discussion of key political talking points, such as income inequality and immigration, has increased, and the coverage of California's Native Americans has been revised.
- New evidence of continued electoral gaps among the state's residents is highlighted.
- Several figures and tables with side-by-side comparisons of California to other states or the country as a whole have been added in "How California Compares" features.
- "Did You Know?" boxes feature interesting facts related to chapter topics.
- To provide a uniquely detailed and realistic view of politics in California, the authors focus 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 compares California data with that of other states in areas such as housing costs, taxes, transportation spending, and education spending.
- A strong public policy focus throughout the text allows for a clear, consistent exploration of the practical results of California legislation and government.
- "California Voices" boxes feature the insights of prominent Californians, past and present.
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.