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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.
- The “Get Involved” feature, which gives students ideas about how they can directly participate in the California political system, appears in every chapter of this edition.
- Chapter 7, “The Executive Branch: Coping with Fragmented Authority,” discusses Governor Brown's second term in office in greater detail, with special attention given to his relationship with the state legislature and his policies.
- Chapter 8, “Taxing and Spending: Budgetary Politics and Policies,” presents updates on the state budget issues, including education spending.
- Highlights of Chapter 10, “State and Federal Relations: Conflict, Cooperation, and Chaos,” include Covered California, updates on immigration, and new information about high-speed rail.
- Other new topics in this edition include the severe 2014 drought and the 2014 elections, which receive special attention with discussion of outcomes of the gubernatorial and House of Representative elections as well as statewide ballot propositions.
- Keeping students up to date on key issues, changes in state and federal regulations are highlighted throughout the text, including those related to immigration policy, prison reform, and California's environmental policy versus federal policy. The book also presents in-depth coverage of interest groups, campaigns, and state/federal relations.
- Public policy coverage is integrated throughout the text-rather than being consigned to individual chapters-helping students make connections and focus on the real impacts and practical effects of legislation and other government activities on their lives.
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.
“Gerston and Christensen. . . both have a keen sense of community, the diversity of California residents, community standards, and the issues and problems at hand-and they present all of this information in a clear, understandable, and succinct manner that is important for the many students of different backgrounds that take the American/California Government courses with me.”
“This book is far superior to most of its competitors in the U.S. Government market. It covers more material, flows better, and is well written.”
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