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Politics in the American States

Politics in the American States
A Comparative Analysis

Eleventh Edition
Edited by:

March 2017 | 608 pages | CQ Press
Winner of the 2017 Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Award of the APSA's State Politics and Policy Section.

Politics in the American States, Eleventh Edition
, brings together the high-caliber research you expect from this trusted text, with comprehensive and comparative analysis of the 50 states. Fully updated for all major developments in the study of state-level politics, including capturing the results of the 2016 elections, the authors bring insight and uncover the impact of key similarities and differences on the operation of the same basic political systems. Students will appreciate the book’s glossary, the fully up-to-date tables and figures, and the maps showcasing comparative data. 

Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Virginia Gray
1 The Socioeconomic and Political Context of States
Russell L. Hanson
2 Intergovernmental Relations
Thomas M. Holbrook and Raymond J. La Raja
3 Parties and Elections
Adam J. Newmark and Anthony J. Nownes
4 Interest Groups in the States
Justin H. Phillips
5 Public Opinion and Morality
Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan
6 The Initiative Process
Keith E. Hamm and Nancy Martorano Miller
7 Legislative Politics in the States
Margaret Ferguson
8 Governors and the Executive Branch
Melinda Gann Hall
9 State Courts: Politics and the Judicial Process
Richard C. Fording
10 State Corrections Policy
Robert C. Lowry
11 Fiscal Policy in the American States
Colleen M. Grogan, Michael K. Gusmano, and Richard C. Fording
12 State Health and Welfare Programs
Michael B. Berkman and Eric Plutzer
13 The Politics of Education
Robert C. Lowry and Alisa Hicklin Fryar
14 The Politics of Higher Education
David M. Konisky and Neal D. Woods
15 Environmental Policy
Joshua M. Jansa
16 Economic Development and Infrastructure Policy
Cynthia J. Bowling
17 State Bureaucracies
Elizabeth Rigby
18 Economic and Political Inequality
Glossary of Key Terms
Name Index
Subject Index

Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis provides a great overview of comparative state politics. Covering so much material while maintaining a high level of quality is difficult, but the editors and authors accomplish it masterfully.”

Jaclyn J. Kettler
Boise State University

Politics in the American States does a great job of mixing classic and contemporary scholarship: combining the best of the older approaches established literature with the most up-to-date information and ideas.”

Coyle Neal
Southwest Baptist University
Key features
  • Major revisions to chapters on state policymaking institutions, including five new chapters:
    • Chapter 10: State Corrections Policy by Richard C. Fording
    • Chapter 12: State Health and Welfare Programs by Colleen M. Grogan, Michael K. Gusmano, and Richard C. Fording
    • Chapter 16: Economic Development and Infrastructure Policy by Joshua M. Jansa
    • Chapter 17: State Bureaucracies by Cynthia J. Bowling
    • Chapter 18: Economic and Political Inequality by Elizabeth Rigby
  • All references, statistics, and material to current events are new or updated throughout on topics such as:
    • Immigration data
    • Marijuana laws
    • Supreme Court decisions involving federalism
    • Rise of Super PACs
    • Role of state courts in the same-sex marriage debate
    • Surveys of the range of health and social service policies
    • Teacher shortages, common core, recent education policies
    • Environmental policy retrenchment
  • Each chapter provides nuanced treatments of individual states in the context of analyses of the 50 states as a whole system, so that comparisons of states can be made, while remaining sensitive to the diversity of political life at the state level.
  • To assist readers, all contributors offer clear road maps to their chapters at the outset and summaries at the end.
  • Pedagogical features such as bolded key terms, tables, figures, maps, and a glossary support student understanding of key content.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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