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State and Local Government

2016-2017 Edition
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September 2016 | 184 pages | CQ Press

This all-new collection of compelling readings from respected sources such as Governing, State Legislatures, Stateline.org, and State and Local Government Review hits all the crucial marks for your state and local government course. Year after year, these highly readable and up-to-date articles cover the significant issues. This edition covers topics such as the increasing ideological conflicts between state and federal governments and between state and local governments; voter ID laws; the continuing financial struggles of local governments; and K-12 and higher education reforms. With the context and currency you have come to expect as hallmarks of Kevin B. Smith’s reader, the 2016–2017 Edition brings timely and sharp analysis into your state and local government classroom.

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PREFACE
 
ABOUT THE EDITOR
 
I. FEDERALISM
Donald F. Kettl, Governing
1. Are States Still “Labs of Democracy”?
Donald F. Kettl, Governing
2. Is Federalism Breaking Down?
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
3. Beyond North Carolina’s LGBT Battle: States’ War on Cities
Jennie Drage Bowser, State Legislatures Magazine
4. Constitutions: Amend with Care
 
II. ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
Justin Levitt, The Council of State Governments
5. Voter Identification in the Courts
National Conference of State Legislatures
6. Voter ID History
Lawrence Norden and Christopher Famighetti, Brennan Center for Justice
7. Aging Voting Machines Are a Threat to Democracy
Sean Greene and Kyle Ueyama, Stateline
8. Vote-by-Mail Rates More than Double since 2000
 
III. POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
Daniel I. Weiner and Ian Vandewalker, Brennan Center for Justice
9. Stronger Parties, Stronger Democracy: Rethinking Reform
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
10. Rex Sinquefield: The Tyrannosaurus Rex of State Politics
Louis Jacobson, Governing
11. Why Democratic Governors and Republican Mayors Have Become Rare
 
IV. LEGISLATURES
Karl Kurtz, State Legislatures Magazine
12. Who We Elect: The Demographics of State Legislatures
Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
13. Stalled Progress for Women in State Legislatures
Suzanne Weiss, State Legislatures Magazine
14. Birds of a Feather
 
V. GOVERNORS
Louis Jacobson, State Legislatures Magazine
15. Experience Preferred
Louis Jacobson, Governing
16. Rocky Roads Ahead for Governors with Failed Presidential Bids
J. B. Wogan, Governing
17. Scott Pruitt Will See You in Court
Lauren McGaughy, Governing/ Tribune News Service
18. After Spending Millions Suing Obama 39 Times, Has Texas Seen a Return on Investment?
 
VI. COURTS
Lisa Soronen, State Legislatures Magazine
19. Cases with Consequences
Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
20. States at a Crossroads on Criminal Justice Reform
Cindy Chang, Marisa Gerber, and Ben Poston, Governing/ Tribune News Service
21. The Unintended Consequences of California’s New Criminal Justice
Maggie Clark, Stateline
22. Legislators Attempt to Strip Courts of Power
 
VII. BUREAUCRACY
Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing
23. Can Government Hiring Get Out of the Stone Age?
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
24. States Employ Temporary Workers, but Often Know Little about Them
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
25. What Does It Take to End a Teacher Shortage?
Karen Herzog, Tribune News Service/ Governing
26. Wisconsin Tenure Fight Likely to Spread to Other States
 
VIII. LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Zach Patton, Governing
27. The Illusion of Cities’ Recovery from the Recession
Amy B. Uden, State and Local Government Review
28. A Checklist for Alternatives in City-County Consolidation Decisions: From Separation to Unification
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
29. What Is a Smart City?
 
IX. BUDGETS AND TAXES
National Association of State Budget Officers
30. Summary: Fall 2015 Fiscal Survey of States
The Pew Charitable Trusts
31. For First Time, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in Majority of States
Liz Farmer, Governing
32. The Curious Case of Disappearing Corporate Taxes
Charles Chieppo, Governing
33. State Spending and the Search for Hidden Efficiencies
 
X. POLICY CHALLENGES
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
34. Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
35. States to Colleges: Prove You’re Worth It
Chris Kardish, Governing
36. Southern Louisiana Picks a Fight with Big Oil to Save the Wetlands
John Daley and Jeff Cohen, Governing/ Kaiser Health News
37. Why Colorado’s Obamacare Co-op Is Falling, and Connecticut’s Isn’t
 
TEXT CREDITS
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • More focus on ideological conflict between state/federal government and state/local government.
  • More focus on the challenges in education, healthcare, and environment policy.
  • New focus on demographics of state legislatures.
KEY FEATURES:
  • This is, simply put, the most current volume on the market.
  • Balances practitioner-oriented, real-world pieces with scholarly research articles.
  • Section introductions authored by Kevin B. Smith provide indispensable context for readings.

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