Clear, concise, and straightforward, CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH equips students with a solid understanding of how government and politics really work, as well as how they affect the students' world, now and in the future. Employing a unique nuts-and-bolts approach, the book provides insight into real-life politics as it vividly illustrates the complex principles at work in state government. Current examples and clear explanations enable students to comprehend the ins and outs of California government. Thoroughly updated, the thirteenth edition addresses many complex economic, social, education, and immigration issues and their impact on state politics. It includes discussion of new court cases, the state's new spending plan, the 2014 elections, changes in government regulations, and more. In addition, public policy coverage is integrated throughout the text, helping students make connections and see firsthand the impact and practical applications of government and legislation in their own lives.
Table of Contents
1. California's People, Economy and Politics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
2. California's Political Parties and Direct Democracy.
3. California Elections, Campaigns, and the Media.
4. Interest Groups: The Power behind the Dome.
5. The Legislature: The Perils of Policymaking.
6. California Law: Politics and the Courts.
7. The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authority.
8. Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policies.
9. California's Local Governments: Politics at the Grassroots.
10. State and Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaos.