Higher Education

State and Local Government, 9th Edition

  • Ann O'M. Bowman Texas A&M University
  • Richard C. Kearney North Carolina State University
  • ISBN-10: 1435462688  |  ISBN-13: 9781435462687
  • 560 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $176.25
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In the new Ninth 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

  • Fully updated conditions and issues confronting state and local governments, for example, the redistricting, conflicts with governors, and how economic policy is changing state legislatures and politics.
  • Chapter Recap feature helps students to review key concepts.
  • Increased coverage of immigration issues, redistricting, morality policy, and conflicts facing governors.
  • Website URLs at the end of each chapter direct students to additional information on important topics.

Table of Contents

1. New Directions for State and Local Governments.
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. Taxing and Spending.
14. Economic Development.
15. Education Policy.
16. Criminal Justice.
17. Social Welfare and Health Care Policy.
18. Environmental Policy.

What's New

  • New! Learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter provide an at-a-glance view of what the chapter covers.
  • New! In every chapter, a boxed feature entitled "Governing in Tough Times," which addresses issues arising from the economic crisis and its rippling effects on state/local governments throughout the country.
  • New! In every chapter, a boxed feature entitled "Controversies in States and Localities," covering issues such as morality policy, immigration, and gay marriage.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"It takes a positive approach to the subject and attempts to give state and local more of an emphasis than is considered in the popular culture and the media."

— Joe Gaziano, Lewis University

"The text is well organized, comprehensive, clear, and addresses the core elements, current and future perspectives of local and state government."

— Sandra Pevelka, Florida Gulf Coast University

"A very up-to-date and well-organized book. It reflects the dramatic changes and challenges in state and local government since the great economic recession of the last few years."

— Paul Rozycki, Mott Community College, Flint, MI


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: 1133586538 | ISBN-13: 9781133586531)

The PowerLecture DVD for State and Local Politics includes book specific PowerPoint® slides; a Test Bank in both Microsoft Word and ExamView® formats; and an Instructor Manual. The test bank, offered in Microsoft Word® and ExamView® formats, boasts 30+ well-crafted multiple-choice questions with answers and page references along with 5 essay questions for each chapter. ExamView® features a user-friendly testing environment that allows you to not only publish traditional paper and computer based tests, but also Web-deliverable exams. Use the ultra-efficient Quick Test Wizard to create an exam in less than five minutes, take advantage of the question banks, or even customize your own exams. The Instructor's Manual includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, summaries, discussion questions, suggestions for stimulating class activities and projects, tips on integrating media into your class, suggested readings and Web resources.

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.