State and Local Government: The Essentials

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Cengage Learning, Mar 14, 2008 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The Essentials version of State and Local Government shares its thematic structure and approach with the bestselling full-length text of the same name, providing condensed yet comprehensive coverage of local government and public policy issues. The authors explain the structures of state and local government--including historical perspective--as well as the function of each in the current political scene. Through engaging coverage of current events and an accessible writing style, the text fosters student interest and involvement in state and local politics and policy. For instructors who prefer a more streamlined text or for those who teach one-semester courses, The Essentials features six fewer chapters than its full-length counterpart--and a limited focus on policy.
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Contents

New Directions for State and Local Government
1
Federalism and the States
20
State Constitutions
46
Citizen Participation and Elections
67
Political Parties Interest Groups and Campaigns
89
State Legislatures
113
Governors
138
Public Administration Budgeting and Service Delivery
166
The Judiciary
195
StateLocal Relations
223
Local Government Structure and Leadership
243
Taxing and Spending
269
REFERENCES
300
INDEX
317
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About the author (2008)

Richard C. Kearney (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is professor of political science and public administration at North Carolina State University. He teaches courses in state and local politics and policy, public policy, public administration, and leadership. 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.

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