State and Local Government: The Essentials

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Cengage Learning, Feb 2, 2011 - Political Science - 352 pages
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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.
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Contents

New Directions for State and Local Governments
1
Federalism and the States
22
State Constitutions
48
Citizen Participation and Elections
69
Political Parties Interest Groups and Campaigns
92
State Legislatures
118
Governors
144
Public Administration Budgeting and Service Delivery
174
The Judiciary
204
StateLocal Relations
233
Local Government Structure and Leadership
255
Taxing and Spending
282
References
315
Index
331
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ANITA LOBEL is well known and well loved by picture-book fans young and old. She is the illustrator of On Market Street written by Arnold Lobel, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Books she has both written and illustrated include Alison's Zinnia; One Lighthouse, One Moon; 10 Hungry Rabbits; and Nini Lost and Found, which was a Booklist's Editors' Choice 2010 and a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2010.

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