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 explore California’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 I
California and Californians

1. Well-being in the Golden State: The Five Californias of the Human Development Index
Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, Social Science Research Council

2. State of Change: Immigration Politics and the New Demography of California
Jack Citrin, University of California, Berkeley; Morris Levy, University of California, Berkeley; and Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3. California s Political Geography: Coast vs. Inland and Increasingly Blue
Frederick Douzet, French Institute of Geopolitics of Paris, and Kenneth P. Miller, Claremont McKenna College

4. Medium Blue: Partisan Politics and Ideological Polarization in California
Corey Cook and David Latterman, University of San Francisco

Part II
Politics in the Golden State

5. Direct Democracy: The Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
Kenneth P. Miller, Claremont McKenna College

6. Redistricting: Did Radical Reform Produce Different Results?
Vladimir Kogan, Ohio State University, and Eric McGhee, Public Policy Institute of California

7. Polarization Interrupted? California s Experiment with the Top-Two Primary
Seth Masket, University of Denver

Part III
Governing the Golden State

8. Goodbye to All That: Mending California’s Budget
John Decker, University of California, Berkeley

9. Governors and the Executive Branch
Ethan Rarick, University of California, Berkeley

10. The Legislature: Life under Term Limits
Bruce Cain, Stanford University; Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego; and Karl Kurtz, National Council of State Legislatures

11. Partisan Polarization and Policy Gridlock: Does One Lead to the Other?
Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego

12. The California Judiciary
David A. Carrillo, University of California, Berkeley

13. Local Government: Designing and Financing the Cities and Counties of California
Max Neiman, University of California, Berkeley

Part IV
Policy Challenges

14. Education: Back from the Brink
David N. Plank and Susanna Loeb, Stanford University

15. Water: A Case Study in Federalism
Megan Mullin, Temple University

16. Climate Change Policy: A Race to the Top
Daniel A. Mazmanian, University of Southern California; Hal Nelson, Claremont Graduate University; and John Jurewitz, Pomona College

Politics in the Border States: A Study of the Patterns of Political Organization, and Political Change, Common to the Border States; Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri (Classic Reprint)


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Excerpt from Politics in the Border States: A Study of the Patterns of Political Organization, and Political Change, Common to the Border States; Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri

Within the hackneyed confines of a preface it is difficult, indeed, to convey the sense of gratitude I feel to so very many people’for their aid and advice. It is impossible to name the more than one hundred political, labor, farm, and business leaders with whom I discussed the politics of their respective states. The vast majority of them were’ incredibly generous with their time and knowledge of the politics of their states.

The word inspire has become woefully weary from over-use. However, its. Meaning remains intact when applied to the counsel provided me by Professor V. 0. Key, under whose guidance this study was originally undertaken at Harvard University as a doctoral dis sertation. I must also extend my thanks to Professor Bennett Wall of the University of Kentucky for his aid in so many ways.

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Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism

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In Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty J. Kēhaulani Kauanui examines contradictions of indigeneity and self-determination in U.S. domestic policy and international law. She theorizes paradoxes in the laws themselves and in nationalist assertions of Hawaiian Kingdom restoration and demands for U.S. deoccupation, which echo colonialist models of governance. Kauanui argues that Hawaiian elites’ approaches to reforming and regulating land, gender, and sexuality in the early nineteenth century that paved the way for sovereign recognition of the kingdom complicate contemporary nationalist activism today, which too often includes disavowing the indigeneity of the Kanaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiian) people. Problematizing the ways the positing of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s continued existence has been accompanied by a denial of U.S. settler colonialism, Kauanui considers possibilities for a decolonial approach to Hawaiian sovereignty that would address the privatization and capitalist development of land and the ongoing legacy of the imposition of heteropatriarchal modes of social relations.

Politics in States and Communities Books a la Carte Edition (15th Edition)

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Uses a conflict management theme to illustrate state and community politics

Politics in States and Communities is distinguished by its focus on politics, its comparative approach, its concern with thorough explanation, its interest in policy, and its focus on conflicts in states and communities. Several themes are carried on throughout the book that emphasize the importance of politics at the state and community level including the “conflict management” theme which emphasizes the sources and nature of conflict in society, how key decision makers act in conflict situations, and how “politicos” emerge and determine “who gets what.”


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Patients of the State: The Politics of Waiting in Argentina

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Patients of the State is a sociological account of the extended waiting that poor people seeking state social and administrative services must endure. It is based on ethnographic research in the waiting area of the main welfare office in Buenos Aires, in the line leading into the Argentine registration office where legal aliens apply for identification cards, and among people who live in a polluted shantytown on the capital’s outskirts, while waiting to be allocated better housing. Scrutinizing the mundane interactions between the poor and the state, as well as underprivileged people’s confusion and uncertainty about the administrative processes that affect them, Javier Auyero argues that while waiting, the poor learn the opposite of citizenship. They learn to be patients of the state. They absorb the message that they should be patient and keep waiting, because there is nothing else that they can do. Drawing attention to a significant everyday dynamic that has received little scholarly attention until now, Auyero considers not only how the poor experience these lengthy waits but also how making poor people wait works as a strategy of state control.

Fugitive Life: The Queer Politics of the Prison State


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During the 1970s in the United States, hundreds of feminist, queer, and antiracist activists were imprisoned or became fugitives as they fought the changing contours of U.S. imperialism, global capitalism, and a repressive racial state. In Fugitive Life Stephen Dillon examines these activists’ communiqués, films, memoirs, prison writing, and poetry to highlight the centrality of gender and sexuality to a mode of racialized power called the neoliberal-carceral state. Drawing on writings by Angela Davis, the George Jackson Brigade, Assata Shakur, the Weather Underground, and others, Dillon shows how these activists were among the first to theorize and make visible the links between conservative “law and order” rhetoric, free market ideology, incarceration, sexism, and the continued legacies of slavery. Dillon theorizes these prisoners and fugitives as queer figures who occupied a unique position from which to highlight how neoliberalism depended upon racialized mass incarceration. In so doing, he articulates a vision of fugitive freedom in which the work of these activists becomes foundational to undoing the reign of the neoliberal-carceral state.

Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future

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“Greene looks at the ways in which multinational tech giants, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others have resisted government regulation while pushing to take over functions traditionally provided by the state . . . An open-eyed analysis of influential technology companies’ ambitions of interest to investors, tech users, and media consumers.” ―Library Journal

In Silicon States, renowned futurist and celebrated international think-tank leader Lucie Greene offers an unparalleled look at the players, promises, and potential problems of Big Tech. Through interviews with corporate leaders, influential venture capitalists, scholars, journalists, activists, and more, Greene explores the tension inherent in Silicon Valley’s global influence. If these companies can invent a social network, how might they soon transform our political and health-care systems? If they can revolutionize the cell phone, what might they do for space travel, education, or the housing market? As Silicon Valley faces increased scrutiny over its mistreatment of women, cultural shortcomings, and its role in widespread Russian election interference, we are learning where its interests truly lie, and about the great power these companies wield over an unsuspecting citizenry.

While the promise of technology is seductive, it is important to understand these corporations’ possible impacts on our political and socioeconomic institutions. Greene emphasizes that before we hand our future over to a rarefied group of companies, we should examine the world they might build and confront its benefits, prejudices, and inherent flaws. Silicon States pushes us to ask if, ultimately, this is the future we really want.

The Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

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Nevada’s politics are in large measure the result of its turbulent history and harsh environment. Michael W. Bowers’ concise volume explains the dynamics of the political formation process, which is strikingly unique among the fifty states.  Even today, Nevada is unlike the other states in its politics and culture: it’s economically right, yet libertarian, the home of widespread gaming and a 24/7 lifestyle, has a high percentage of federally-owned lands, and has one of the highest rates of urbanism in the U.S., yet is often governed by rural legislators.

This comprehensive and insightful explanation discusses how Nevada’s history has shaped its political culture, and how its government operates today. The Sagebrush State serves as a highly readable and accessible text for the study of Nevada’s political history and constitution, which is a graduation requirement at the state’s colleges and universities. The fifth edition is updated through 2017 and includes the full text of the state constitution with extensive annotations of all amendments to the original 1864 document.

Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State


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When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of the Persian Gulf state of Oman in 1970, with the help of British advisers, few expected him to survive long. He was unknown to his own population, and the country was poor and plagued by civil wars. Yet he has built his regime’s legitimacy on a policy of national unification, the assimilation of all of Oman to the oil rentier state framework, and of his state to the person of the sultan, the incarnation of the country’s “renaissance.” This books seeks to understand the mechanisms of social and political perpetuation of authoritarianism in post-colonial states such as Oman. It shows how one monarchical power has built and constantly renewed its basis to meet the internal and external challenges threatening its stability. Yet this book also raises the question of what happens when one part of this model, namely an oil-rent economy, falters, with half the population under fifteen years of age and when the privileges enjoyed till recently may no longer be tenable. Valeri also sheds light on the strategies adopted and challenges faced by other Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf, Morocco and Jordan.