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Guide to State Politics and Policy

Guide to State Politics and Policy

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January 2014 | 480 pages | CQ Press

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 33 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; and
  • Insightful coverage of major policy areas as they have played out in the states.
Carol S. Weissert
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
John Dinan
The Past, Present, and Future Role of State Constitutions
James G. Gimpel
Geography, Political Culture, and American Politics
Ann O’M. Bowman
Interstate Interactions
Justin Phillips
Democratic Responsiveness
Frederick J. Boehmke and Joshua J. Dyck
Initiative and Referendum
Michael J. Hanmer and Richard G. Niemi
Election Administration
Thomas M. Carsey and Monica Moore
Influences on State Elections
Paul S. Herrnson and Jeffrey A. Taylor
State Party Organizations
Peter L. Francia
Interest Groups and Their Influence
Christopher Witko
Regulating Interest Groups in the States
Martin Johnson
Media Politics in the States
Peverill Squire
History and Development of State Legislatures, 1619 to 1961
Michael P. McDonald
Beth Reingold
Legislative Diversity
James Coleman Battista
Leadership and Committee Organization
Alan Rosenthal
Legislative Reform
Margaret R. Ferguson and Joseph J. Foy
Gubernatorial Backgrounds, History, Elections, Powers
Cynthia Bowling
Paul Brace
Organization and Structure of State Courts
Meghan E. Leonard and Laura Carlson
Judicial Selection and Retention of State Court Judges
Lawrence Baum
Specialization in the Courts
Kenneth P. Miller and Aditya Pai
Courts and the Initiative and Referendum Process
Lilliard Richardson
Policy Process in the States
Andrew Karch
Innovations and Diffusion
James E. Alt, Soledad Artiz Prillaman, and David Dreyer Lassen
Fiscal Policy
Laura S. Hussey
Moral Issues
Nicholas P. Lovrich, Faith E. Lutze, and Nichole R. Lovrich
Criminal Justice Policy and Public Safety in the American States
J. Celeste Lay
Education Policy
David M. Konisky
Environmental Policy
Laura Katz Olson
Health Care
Tristany Leikem and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz
Richard C. Fording

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ISBN: 9781452219967

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