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Governing States and Localities- Vantage Digital Option

Eighth Edition


August 2021 | CQ Press
ISBN: 978-1-0718-4117-4


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From the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency on intergovernmental relations to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on state-federal relations, the new edition of this bestseller introduces students to the most recent challenges, developments, and political changes impacting state and local politics. Governing States and Localities - Vantage Digital Option, Eighth Edition delivers the trusted content from Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt’s text on SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that features auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. It offers easy course setup and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your SAGE representative.

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About Governing States and Localities, Eighth Edition

From the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency on intergovernmental relations to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on state-federal relations, the Eighth Edition of Governing States and Localities introduces students to the most recent challenges, developments, and political changes impacting state and local politics. Employing a comparative approach, bestselling authors Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt illustrate the similarities and differences in the way states and local governments operate to show students the real-world application of policy and politics to governing, from laws and regulations to institutional structures. Following a crisp journalistic style with magazine-quality graphics and top-ten takeaways per chapter that keep students engaged, this edition provides a comprehensive introduction to state and local governments that is easily accessible to undergraduates in a variety of majors.


 
Introduction to State and Local Government
 
Federalism
 
Constitutions
 
Finance
 
Political Attitudes and Participation
 
Parties and Interest Groups
 
Legislatures
 
Governors and Executives
 
Courts
 
Bureaucracy
 
Local Government
 
Metropolitics
 
Education
 
Crime and Punishment
 
Health and Welfare
 
Environment and Climate Change

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  • Sample course syllabi
  • Lecture notes
  • All tables and figures from the textbook 
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KEY FEATURES OF GOVERNING STATES AND LOCALITIES, EIGHTH EDITION

All chapters have been revised substantially, with the content updated throughout to reflect the latest issues, trends, and political changes, including the following:

  • “A Difference That Makes a Difference” boxes provide clear examples of how variations among states and localities can be used to explain a wide range of political and policy phenomena. These pieces detail the ways the institutions, regulations, political culture, demographics, and other factors of a particular state shape its constitution, the way its political parties function, how its citizens tend to vote, how it allocates its financial resources, and why its courts are structured the way they are, to name a few.
  • “Local Focus” boxes spotlight the ways localities function independently of the states and show how they are both constrained and empowered by intergovernmental ties. From battles to wrest control of their budgets from the state to constitutional restrictions on how they can tax and spend, the topics addressed in these boxes showcase the rich variety represented in these nearly 87,000 substate entities.
  • “Policy in Practice” boxes demonstrate how different states and localities have interpreted and implemented the legislation handed down from higher levels of government, and the consequences of these decisions. The impact of declining agency fees on public unions, the difficulties and implications of city-county mergers, and the policy implications of the power imbalance between states and localities are just some of the issues addressed.
  • “Top Ten Takeaways” reinforces key themes and ideas. Each chapter also includes a set of highlighted key concepts. These terms are defined near the places where they are introduced in the text and are compiled into a list at the end of each chapter, with corresponding page numbers. A comprehensive glossary of key terms precedes the book’s index.

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