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Engines Of Democracy

Author : Alan Rosenthal
ISBN : 9781483304540
Genre : Political Science
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State legislators have often been in the shadow of their national counterparts, but they drive the processes of democracy. Rosenthal brings together a lifetime of research and experience on state legislative politics into one eminently readable volume—a dynamic, inside view of the people involved, the politics that prevail, and the interest groups and lobbyists who advocate their causes. Building on earlier work with new data and recent interviews and observations, Rosenthal looks at the way representation works, Americans’ critical view of their legislatures, the role of legislative leaders, the dynamics of executive-legislative relationships, as well as norms and ethics. Both a complement and contrast to the policymaking process on Capitol Hill, Engines of Democracy proves that no one gives insight into state legislators and their work the way Alan Rosenthal can.

Experiencing Politics

Author : John E. McDonough
ISBN : 0520925165
Genre : Medical
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John E. McDonough affords a rare glimpse into the practice of state politics in this insider's account of the fascinating interface between political science and real-life politics. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for thirteen years and a skilled storyteller, McDonough eloquently weaves together stories of politics and policy with engaging theoretical models in a way that illuminates both the theory and the practice. By providing a link between scholarship and the world of experience, he communicates much about the essence of representative democracy. In the process, he demonstrates how politics extend beyond the public sphere into many aspects of life involving diverse values and interests. McDonough describes the nature of conflict, the role of interests, agenda setting, the nature and pace of change, the use of language, and more. Accessible, insightful, and original, his stories touch on a broad range of issues—including health care politics, campaigns, and elections; a street gang called the X-men; the death penalty; campaign finance reform, and tenants versus landlords. To the author, politics is everywhere and political dynamics are universal. While the setting for this book is one legislature, the lessons and insights are intended for everyone.

State Legislatures Today

Author : Peverill Squire
ISBN : 9781442247482
Genre : Political Science
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A concise and provocative introduction to state legislative politics, this book a supplement for state and local government courses and upper level courses on legislative politics. It examines state legislatures and state lawmakers, putting them in historical context, showing how they have evolved over the years, and differentiating them from Congress.

The Best Job In Politics Exploring How Governors Succeed As Policy Leaders

Author : Alan Rosenthal
ISBN : 9781452239996
Genre : Political Science
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"My worst day as governor was better than my best day as a United States senator."--Former Governor Tim Carper (D-DE, 1993-2001) Governors--both in, and now out of, office--see the job as the best in politics. Why is that? Drawing on a survey of former governors, personal interviews, as well as gubernatorial memoirs and biographies, Rosenthal shows students how and why governors succeed as policy leaders and makes a case as to why some governors are better at leveraging the institutional advantages of the office.

State And Local Politics

Author : Todd Donovan
ISBN : 9781285441405
Genre : Political Science
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In this Fourth Edition of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM, Donovan, Smith, Mooney, and new co-author Tracy Osborn go beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. Offering an engaging comparative approach, the Fourth Edition shows you how politics and government differ between states and communities, and points out the causes and effects of those variations. The text also focuses on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables you to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks you to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages you to consider more sophisticated solutions. Written by four young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM incorporates the most recent scholarship available into the course, giving you access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Why Are You Here

Author : Franklin L. Kury
ISBN : 9780761864639
Genre : Political Science
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Why Are You Here?: A Primer for State Legislators and Citizens is a challenge to America’s 7,382 state legislators and their constituents to critically examine their state legislature and take appropriate action to improve it.

Governing Virginia

Author : Anne Marie Morgan
ISBN : 1256426067
Genre : Political Science
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Governing Virginia is the winner of the 2012 Virginia Press Women's First Place Award for "Book Edited by Entrant." Governing Virginia is a unique, reader-friendly compendium written not by academicians but by "practitioners" who have worked within the realms of the Commonwealth's state and local governments. It was compiled for use as a textbook or reader for stand-alone courses in Virginia government, as a supplementary text for general courses in American or state and local government, or as an informational book to learn more about the Commonwealth. The contributors to Governing Virginia include five former governors, five current and former legislators, and other prominent state leaders, from whom readers can learn about how laws are made, the lengthy process of budget-making, the policy priorities of Virginia's chief executives, the distinctive way that the General Assembly selects judges, plus many more topics. While invaluable for political science instruction, Governing Virginia is also rich with the Commonwealth's history, and foundational information about how the state and localities are governed is recounted against this backdrop. The chapters trace the legacy of Virginia's contributions to governing principles in the U.S. and the world, while also describing its political transformation throughout the centuries and the contemporary workings of its executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Additionally, the compilation includes features that do not always appear in Virginia government textbooks, including the evolution of women's participation in the General Assembly, the transformation of the state's political structure into a vigorous two-party system, the expanding role of the attorney general, and the importance of economic development to the Commonwealth's prosperity. Beautifully illustrated in color with photos by an award-winning Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer, Governing Virginia is ideal for teachers, professors, college and advanced high school students, business and civic leaders, and anyone who wants to learn about the state that Governing Magazine has described as the "best-managed" in the U.S. Book Sections: Part 1 discusses Virginia's metamorphosis as the Commonwealth underwent profound political and constitutional changes since the founding of the oldest representative legislature in the New World. Part 2 describes the legislative branch, including the process and vocabulary of passing laws, how the state budget is made, the election of women to the General Assembly, the pivotal role of lobbyists, and reflections from the longest-serving member of the House of Delegates. Part 3 addresses the executive branch, including the fundamentals of serving as governor, the workings of the chief executive's cabinet, narratives by former governors on their policy priorities, and the strategic roles of the attorney general and economic development. Part 4 discusses the judicial branch, the unique way that Virginia selects its judges, and a concise explanation of the state's court system. Part 5 introduces the news media as an integral component of the political and governmental landscape in Virginia and their essential role in informing the public, written from both the newspaper and broadcast perspectives. Part 6 features Virginia's local governments, including the critical functions and challenges of cities and counties as they govern close to home. Part 7 explores the dynamics of Virginia's electoral system, how elections are conducted, the use of money in campaigns, and the role of political parties in waging electoral contests.

Something S In The Air

Author : Katherine Tate
ISBN : 9781135017064
Genre : Political Science
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America’s drug laws have always exerted an unequal and unfair toll on Blacks and Latinos, who are arrested more often than Whites for the possession of illegal drugs and given harsher sentences. In this volume, contributors ask how would marijuana legalization affect communities of color? Is legalization of marijuana necessary to safeguard minority families from a lifetime of hardship and inequality? Who in minority communities favors legalization and why, and do these minority opinions differ from the opinions held by White Americans? This volume also includes analyses of the policy debate by a range of scholars addressing economic, health, and empowerment issues. Comparative lessons from other countries are also analyzed.

Guide To State Politics And Policy

Author : Richard G. Niemi
ISBN : 9781483386232
Genre : Reference
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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 34 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 Insightful coverage of major policy areas as they have played out in the states.

Local Politics

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