Higher Education

State and Local Government: The Essentials, 5th Edition

  • Ann O'M. Bowman Texas A&M University
  • Richard C. Kearney North Carolina State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111341494  |  ISBN-13: 9781111341497
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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Bowman/Kearney's STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE ESSENTIALS, FIFTH EDITION takes an positive look at state and local government, in a shorter and more streamlined approach. While acknowledging the legitimate concerns voiced by critics, it espouses, clearly, that government can be a force for good in society. Through engaging coverage of current events and an accessible writing style, the text fosters student interest and involvement in state and local politics, policy, and public service. For instructors who prefer a more streamlined text or for those who teach one-semester courses, this new edition of the Essentials version features limited focus on policy, and six fewer chapters than its full-length counterpart.

Features and Benefits

  • Up-to-date coverage includes discussion of the roles of state and local governments in fighting terrorism, debates concerning same-sex marriage, national health care, the BP Oil Spill, and more.

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. State-Local Relations.
11. Local Government: Structure and Leadership.
12. Taxing and Spending.

What's New

  • New! The 2010 election results/partisan politics in the states.
  • New! States’ reactions to the BP oil spill .
  • New! The impact of the Great Recession on states and localities.
  • New! A re-examination of states’ rights arguments in light of NCLB, national health care, and immigration policy.

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." -- Mohamed Yamba, California University of Pennsylvania

— Mohamed Yamba


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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.