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California Politics

California Politics
A Primer

Seventh Edition

March 2023 | 264 pages | CQ Press
Understand how California's political system works with this concise text, thoroughly revised for the Seventh Edition. Renée Van Vechten presses the reader to think about how history, political culture, rules, and institutions conspire to shape politics today, and how they will determine the state of affairs tomorrow. From the structure of the state's government to its local representatives, policies, and voter participation, California Politics: A Primer delivers the concepts and details students need.

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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Critical Junctures
Chapter 3: Direct Democracy
Chapter 4: The State Legislature
Chapter 5: The Executive Branch
Chapter 6: The Court System
Chapter 7: Other Governments
Chapter 8: The California Budget Process
Chapter 9: Political Parties, Elections, and Campaigns
Chapter 10: Political Engagement
Chapter 11: Concluding Thoughts


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This text does an excellent job providing a broad-based understanding of the California governance. It is easy to read and the publisher provides resources to assist in teaching.

Dr. Roger Lang

I feel the text covers the basics of state government in California and provides a solid foundation from which to expand an examination of the system of government in the golden state...One of the better texts covering the California government.

Steven Marin
Victor Valley College

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch01_ Introduction

Ch02_Critical Junctures