Governing California: Politics, Government, And Public Policy In The Golden State

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Who are the people of California, and what do they believe politically? How do Californians choose their leaders, and how do those leaders govern once they are in power? How has California confronted some of its greatest public policy challenges?These are the questions that underlie this in-depth and careful examination of America's mega-state. This book uses the latest research and scholarship to...

Paperback: 457 pages
Publisher: Institute of Governmental Studies Press; third edition edition (June 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0877724431
ISBN-13: 978-0877724438
Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
Amazon Rank: 530377
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lifornia's civil society -- how an extraordinarily complex state of 37 million people governs itself through politics and policy.The results paint a complex picture, one not nearly so simple as the handy California stereotypes. Are Californians really worse off than they used to be? Are they all Hollywood liberals far to the left ideologically? Are the recent reforms in their political systems making much of a difference? Who really governs the state -- its world-famous governors or its highly professional legislature? How can a state often derided as a hopeless failure be leading the way on one of the most important public policy issues of our time? All these questions are examined in this new edition of Governing California, updated to reflect the results and changes of the 2012 election.Table of Contents:Part ICalifornia and Californians1. Well-being in the Golden State: The Five Californias of the Human Development IndexSarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, Social Science Research Council2. State of Change: Immigration Politics and the New Demography of CaliforniaJack Citrin, University of California, Berkeley; Morris Levy, University of California, Berkeley; and Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology3. California s Political Geography: Coast vs. Inland and Increasingly BlueFrederick Douzet, French Institute of Geopolitics of Paris, and Kenneth P. Miller, Claremont McKenna College4. Medium Blue: Partisan Politics and Ideological Polarization in CaliforniaCorey Cook and David Latterman, University of San FranciscoPart IIPolitics in the Golden State5. Direct Democracy: The Initiative, Referendum, and RecallKenneth P. Miller, Claremont McKenna College6. Redistricting: Did Radical Reform Produce Different Results?Vladimir Kogan, Ohio State University, and Eric McGhee, Public Policy Institute of California7. Polarization Interrupted? California s Experiment with the Top-Two PrimarySeth Masket, University of DenverPart IIIGoverning the Golden State8. Goodbye to All That: Mending California's BudgetJohn Decker, University of California, Berkeley9. Governors and the Executive BranchEthan Rarick, University of California, Berkeley10. The Legislature: Life under Term LimitsBruce Cain, Stanford University; Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego; and Karl Kurtz, National Council of State Legislatures11. Partisan Polarization and Policy Gridlock: Does One Lead to the Other?Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego12. The California JudiciaryDavid A. Carrillo, University of California, Berkeley13. Local Government: Designing and Financing the Cities and Counties of CaliforniaMax Neiman, University of California, BerkeleyPart IVPolicy Challenges14. Education: Back from the BrinkDavid N. Plank and Susanna Loeb, Stanford University15. Water: A Case Study in FederalismMegan Mullin, Temple University16. Climate Change Policy: A Race to the TopDaniel A. Mazmanian, University of Southern California; Hal Nelson, Claremont Graduate University; and John Jurewitz, Pomona College