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Politics in the American States

Politics in the American States
A Comparative Analysis

Twelfth Edition
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August 2024 | 600 pages | CQ Press
Politics in the American States, Twelfth Edition, brings together the high-caliber research you expect from this trusted text, with comprehensive and comparative analysis of the fifty states. Fully updated for all major developments in the study of state-level politics, including capturing the results of the 2022 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. 

Keith E. Hamm & Nancy Martorano Miller
Ch. 7 Legislatures
Jamila Michener
Ch. 1 Race, Class, and Inequality in the States
Graeme Boushey
Ch. 2 Innovation, Diffusion, and Intergovernmental Politics
Joseph Coll, Michael Ritter, Caroline Tolbert
Ch. 3 Campaigns, Elections and Voting Access
Adam Newmark, Anthony Nownes
Ch. 4 Interest Groups and Social Movements
Justin Phillips
Ch. 5 Public Opinion and Representation
Todd Donovan, Shawn Bowler
Ch. 6. The Initiative Process and Election Reform.
Thad Kousser, Margaret Ferguson
Ch. 8 Governors
Brent Boyea
Ch. 9 Courts
Brandon Davis
Ch. 10. Policing and Incarceration
William Franko, Christopher Witko
Ch. 11 Fiscal Policy, Taxes, and Inequality
Colleen Grogan, Michael Gusmano, Richard Fording
Ch. 12 State Health and Welfare Programs
Lee Hannah, Michael Berkman, Eric Plutzer
Ch. 13 The Politics of Education
Karen Mossberger
Ch. 14 Technology Policy and Geographic Inequality
David Konisky, Neal Woods
Ch. 15 Environment and Environmental Justice
Prentiss Dantzler, Zach Wood
Ch. 16 Housing and Economic Development
Candis Smith
Ch. 17 Race, Ethnicity, and State Politics
Elizabeth Rigby
Ch. 18 Economic and Political Inequality
Key features




  • 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.

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ISBN: 9781544391090