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State and Local Government, 8th Edition

  • Ann O’M. Bowman Texas A&M University
  • Richard C. Kearney North Carolina State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495802654  |  ISBN-13: 9780495802655
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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In the new Eighth Edition of STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, this best-selling text continues to provide comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of institutions, political behavior, and policy-making at the state and local level. The book’s theme of increased capacity and responsiveness of state and local government conveys excitement about politics at the grassroots level and is pro public service.

Features and Benefits

  • "Breaking New Ground and Debating Politics" boxes facilitate critical thinking and class discussion with presentation of policy innovations and controversial issues in state and local government.
  • Chapter Recap feature helps students to review key concepts.

Table of Contents

1. New Directions for State and Local Government.
2. Federalism and the States.
3. State Constitutions.
4. Citizen Participation and Elections.
5. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns.
6. State Legislatures.
7. Governors.
8. Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Delivery.
9. The Judiciary.
10. The Structure of Local Government.
11. Local Leadership and Governance.
12. State-Local Relations.
13. State and Local Finance.
14. Economic Development.
15. Education Policy.
16. Criminal Justice.
17. Social Welfare and Health Care Policy.
18. Environmental Policy.

What's New

  • New! Boxed features entitled "Engaging" that focus on a current case issue, related to the chapter topic, which helps students bridge theory and practice.
  • New! Fully updated conditions and issues confronting state and local governments, for example, the impact of economic crisis and its rippling effects on state/local governments throughout the country.
  • New! "Breaking New Ground and Debating Politics" boxes facilitate critical thinking and class discussion with presentation of policy innovations and controversial issues in state and local government.
  • All new design, art and photo program.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"It is student friendly and a good read. It is well written with several features and ancillary packages that enhance instruction and student learning...However, Bowman/ Kearney does it better, with clarity, and ease of understanding in an introductory text than the competition." Dr. Mohamed Yamba, California University of Pennsylvania

— Dr. Mohamed Yamba


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 143908291X | ISBN-13: 9781439082911)

The Companion Website for State and Local Government, Eighth Edition, located at www.cengage.com/politicalscience/bowman/stateandlocalgov8e, gives students access to tutorial quizzes, learning objectives, chapter glossaries, flash cards, crossword puzzles, and Internet links. Instructors also have access to the PowerPoint® slides and Instructor’s Manual.

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1439083002 | ISBN-13: 9781439083000)

Instructor’s Edition  (ISBN-10: 1439083045 | ISBN-13: 9781439083048)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ann O’M. Bowman

Ann O’M. Bowman (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1979) is professor and holder of the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She teaches courses in state and local politics and policy, intergovernmental relations, environmental policy and management, and public policy process. Her research interests revolve around questions of institutional change, policy adoption and implementation, and intergovernmental dynamics. She has published numerous books and articles on these topics.

Richard C. Kearney

Richard C. Kearney (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is retired as professor of political science and public administration at North Carolina State University. His career also included lengthy teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities at East Carolina University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of South Carolina. His research interests include comparative state politics and policy, labor relations, and human resource management policy. He has published prolifically on these and related topics.