Guide to State Politics and Policy, 1st Edition

  • Richard G. Niemi University of Rochester
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  • ISBN-10: 145227634X
  • ISBN-13: 9781452276342
  • DDC: 320.473
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 455 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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No previous book has pulled together into one place a single, comprehensive volume that provides up-to-date coverage of state government and politics, along with the states' current and future public policies. This new book does just that, offering students, scholars, citizens, policy advocates, and state specialists accessible information on state politics and policy in 35 topical chapters written by experts in the field. The guide provides contemporary analysis of state institutions, processes, and public policies, along with both historical and theoretical perspectives that help readers develop a comprehensive understanding of the 50 U.S. states' complex and changing political spheres. Those who use this volume--from experienced scholars to neophytes--can rely upon the guide to provide: Basic factual information on state politics and policy; Core explanatory frameworks and competing arguments; and Insightful coverage of major policy areas as they have played out in the states.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Summary Table of Contents.
Table of Contents.
About the Editors.
The Past, Present, and Future of State Politics and Policy Research.
1: Federalism.
2: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.
3: The Past, Present, and Future Role of State Constitutions.
4: Geography, Political Culture, and American Politics.
5: Interstate Interactions.
6: Elections and Voter Participation.
7: Democratic Responsiveness.
8: Initiative and Referendum.
9: Election Administration.
10: Influences on State Elections.
11: Parties, Interest Groups, and Media.
12: State Party Organizations.
13: Interest Groups and Their Influence.
14: Regulating Interest Groups in the States.
15: Media Politics in the States.
16: Legislatures.
17: History and Development of State Legislatures, 1619 to 1961.
18: Districting.
19: Legislative Diversity.
20: Leadership and Committee Organization.
21: Legislative Reform.
22: Executive Branch.
23: Gubernatorial Backgrounds, History, Elections, Powers.
24: Bureaucracy.
25: Courts.
26: Organization and Structure of State Courts.
27: Judicial Selection and Retention of State Court Judges.
28: Specialization in the Courts.
29: Courts and the Initiative and Referendum Process.
30: Public Policy.
31: Policy Process in the States.
32: Innovations and Diffusion.
33: Fiscal Policy.
34: Moral Issues.
35: Criminal Justice Policy and Public Safety in the American States.
36: Education Policy.
37: Environmental Policy.
38: Health Care.
39: Immigration.
40: Welfare.
Guide to Information and Data about the States.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard G. Niemi

Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. He is coauthor or coeditor of Vital Statistics in American Politics (5th ed., 1995); Controversies in Voting Behavior (3rd ed., 1993); Classics in Voting Behavior (1993); and Minority Representation and the Quest for Voting Equality (1992). He has written on voting behavior, political socialization, and legislative districting. He has held visiting positions at the University of Lund, the University of Iowa, and in Japan.