State & Local Politics: Institutions & Reform: The Essentials

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Cengage Learning, Jan 27, 2009 - Political Science - 368 pages
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In STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS--a concise version of their acclaimed new text--Donovan, Mooney, and Smith intrigue students by going beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS offers an engaging comparative approach, showing students how politics and government differ between states and communities, as well as the causes and effects of those variations, all within a manageable 10 chapters. An abbreviated, cost-effective text, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS covers the core concepts that students need for a solid understanding of state and local government. Written by three young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS incorporates the most recent scholarship available, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides. In addition, the text goes above and beyond the traditional approach by focusing on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables students to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks them to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages them to consider more sophisticated solutions.
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Federalism State Politics within a Federal System
Participation Elections and Representation
State and Local Direct Democracy
Political Parties and Interest Groups
State Legislatures
The Court System
The Structure of Local Government
State and Fiscal Politics
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2009)

Todd Donovan (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is a professor of political science at Western Washington University. He teaches state and local politics; American politics, parties, campaigns, and elections; comparative electoral systems; and introductory research methods and statistics. His research interests include direct democracy, election systems and representation, political behavior, subnational politics, and the political economy of local development. He has published extensively in academic journals; written a number of books on direct democracy, elections, institutions, and reform; and has received numerous grants and awards for his work. He is coauthor (with Christopher Z. Mooney and Daniel A. Smith) of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM (2009) and coauthor (with Ken Hoover) of THE ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC THINKING, also published by Cengage Learning.

Daniel A. Smith (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison) is an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. He has published more than two dozen articles on the ballot initiative process, political parties, and interests groups and several articles on Ghanaian politics. He serves on the board of directors of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation (BISCF) and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Initiative and Referendum Institute, both nonprofit organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. He is coauthor (with Todd Donovan and Christopher Z. Mooney) of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM (2009).

Christopher Z. Mooney (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison) is a professor of political studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is also director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center, where he served as the founding editor of STATE POLITICS AND POLICY QUARTERLY, the official journal of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association specifically created to stimulate research in those areas. He has authored numerous books and articles related to legislative politics. Co-founder and continuing co-sponsor of the annual State Politics and Policy Conferences, he also can be heard each week as a regular panelist for State Week in Review, a National Public Radio program, which is broadcast statewide in Illinois. He is coauthor (with Todd Donovan and Daniel A. Smith) of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM (2009).

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