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State and Local Government

2018-2019 Edition
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December 2018 | 168 pages | CQ Press
“I think it does an excellent job writing about current events in a manner that is accessible to students. I also like that it covers a wide range of topics.”
—Christopher Clark, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Featuring a new collection of compelling readings from respected sources, State and Local Government hits all the crucial marks for your political science course. Year after year, these highly readable and up-to-date articles cover the significant issues. The 2018–2019 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, this edition brings timely and sharp analysis into your state and local government classroom.

SAVE 20% when you bundle the 2018-2019 Edition with the following textbooks: 
Governing States and Localities, Sixth Edition Use ISBN: 978-1-5443-6104-8
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PREFACE
 
ABOUT THE EDITOR
 
I. FEDERALISM
Donald F. Kettl, Governing
1. 3 Events That Shaped Modern Federalism
Peter Harkness, Governing
2. The Fractured State of Federalism
 
3. Dynamic Tension: A Conversation About Federalism
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
4. Expect More Conflict Between Cities and States
 
II. ELECTIONS AND POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
1. Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission May Be Dead, But His Quest Continues
Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
2. Lawmakers Look to Curb Foreign Influence in State Elections
Tim Anderson, Council of State Governments
3. Redistricting, Reconsidered
Mike Maciag, Governing
4. Millenials Let Their Grandparents Decide Local Elections
 
III. POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
Joe Garofoli, Governing
1. Election of California Democrats’ Leader Exposes Party’s Divide
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
2. Is The GOP’s Tea Party Over?
Donald Kettl, Governing
3. Lobbyists Leave Capitol Hill for the States
Scott Rodd, Stateline
4. Lobbyist Gift-Giving at Issue in More States
 
IV. LEGISLATURES
Duranya Freeman, State Legislatures Magazine
1. Legislators Bring a Variety of Interesting Experiences to their Statehouse Jobs
John Mahoney, State Legislatures Magazine
2. The Politically Perilous Pay Problem
Michael Gioia, State Legislatures Magazine
3. The Accidental Librarian
Jen Fifield, Stateline
4. Statehouse Sexual Harassment Tally: 18 Lawmakers Gone or Punished
 
V. GOVERNORS
Louis Jacobson, Governing.
1. These Governors Are Rich, But Are They Effective?
Alan Greenblatt, Governing.
2. Citing Costs, Some GOP Governors Refuse to Hold Special Elections
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
3. For or Against Trump? The Question Candidates for Governor Can’t Escape
Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato’s Crystal Ball
4. Stepping Up: How Governors Who Have Succeeded to the Top Job Have Performed Over the Years
 
VI. COURTS
J.B. Wogan, Governing
1. Judicial Redistricting: Issue Politicians Don’t Want to Discuss
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
2. How Old Is Too Old to be a Judge? Voters in 4 States Got to Decide
Lisa Soronen, Capitol Ideas Magazine
3. Federalism and the U.S. Supreme Court: Past, Present and Future.
Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Governing
4. America’s Jails Have an HR Problem
 
VII. BUREAUCRACY
John M. Bernard, Governing
1. Government’s Vital Role in Helping People Thrive
Greg Mennis, The Pew Charitable Trusts
2. State Human Resources Directors Seek to Address Workforce Challenges
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
3. Teacher Shortages Linger in Many States.
 
VIII. LOCAL GOVERNMENT
John Buntin, Governing
1. Outside Disneyland, a Reminder for Governments to be Careful What they Wish For
John Buntin, Governing
2. In the Elusive Search for Affordable Housing, Clues Emerge
Sophie Quinton, Stateline
3. Why Some Cities Are Buying Trailer Parks.
 
IX. BUDGETS AND TAXES
Barb Rosewicz and Daniel Newman, The Pew Charitable Trusts
1. Despite Slow Growth, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 29 States
Alan Greenblatt, Governing
2. How Did America’s Richest State Become Such A Fiscal Mess?
Daniel C. Vock, Governing
3. The Federal Tax Overhaul May Boost States’ Bottom Lines, But Some Governors Don’t Want the Money
Allison Hiltz, State Legislatures Magazine
4. Facts Before Funding
 
X. POLICY CHALLENGES
Christine Vestal, Stateline
1. In Opioid Epidemic, States Intensify Prescription Drug Monitoring
Natalie Delgadillo, Governing
2. Are Massachusetts Gun Laws a Model for the Country?
Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline
3. Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?
Mindy Fetterman, Stateline
4. Despite Secession Talk, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
 
TEXT CREDITS

“I think it does an excellent job writing about current events in a manner that is accessible to students. I also like that it covers a wide range of topics.”

Christopher Clark
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“I am very happy with the Smith textbook. I like the organization of the chapters and the overall content and updated information. I started using the book a few years ago and do not plan to change the book anytime soon.”

Dina Krois
Lansing Community College
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The readings are all new to the 2018-2019 edition to provide students with a sampling of the best contemporary coverage and analysis on key concerns for state and local government.
  • All of the introductions have been updated to reflect the content of the new selections and to account for the political and policy changes that define the dynamic world of state and local politics.
  • Contributions from well-known authors such as Alan Greenblatt, Sophie Quinton, and Mike Maciag ensure students are learning from some of the best-known journalists covering sub-national politics.

KEY FEATURES: 

  • A comprehensive set of readings on topical themes related to state and local politics gives students a deeper understanding of what is happening in politics and policy at the sub-national level.
  • A balance between practitioner-oriented, real-world pieces with scholarly research articles keeps students engaged by demonstrating the connections between theory and application. 
  • Section introductions authored by Kevin B. Smith provide indispensable context for readings. 

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