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Cover Image: Governing States and Localities, 4th Edition
  • Date: 06/25/2013
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $112.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-2633-0
  • Pages: 685
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Governing States and Localities, 4th Edition
Kevin B. Smith, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Alan Greenblatt, former Governing Magazine reporter


In the aftermath of the Great Recession, states and localities were forced to make stark choices over funding and public services as they battled to balance their budgets. While the worst of the economic hardships have passed, federal stimulus money has run dry and federal–state relations are more contentious than ever. So what’s next?

Smith and Greenblatt chart the future for states and localities as they deal with new federal regulations, a decrease in public sector employment, the consolidation of agencies, and the weakening of labor unions’ political clout. The fourth edition of Governing States and Localities continues what has always set this introductory text apart: its expert blend of the latest scholarship with engaging journalistic writing. Along with their crisp storytelling, the authors employ a comparative approach to explain how and why states and localities are both similar and different in institutional structure, culture, history, economy, geography, and demographics.

State Stats: Reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources.

Have you seen State Stats? A new and powerful data product from CQ Press, State Stats gives students the ability to investigate reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources, covering such areas as health care, crime, and education. Access is FREE with purchase of a new book. Intuitive mapping and graphing tools, along with a set of exercises in each chapter, are sure to get students comparing states through data visualization.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A survey of voting rights issues, outlining how the long trend toward making access to the ballot easier is giving way to long lines and new identification requirements.
  • State Stats, a new way to research key information and trends on the states, allows students to investigate reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources, covering such areas as health care, crime, and education. Intuitive mapping and graphing tools get students comparing states through data visualization. A set of exercises in each chapter challenges students to apply what they’ve learned, exploring what they find interesting about a particular state.
  • Updated coverage in every chapter, with particular attention to the economy, intergovernmental relations, and the impact of health care reform.
    • The Finance chapter provides fresh assessment of revenue and spending challenges, with state and federal governments helping to ease the funding gap for school districts, North Dakota’s economy booming from mining its natural resources, and new concerns over how the Affordable Care Act will affect states’ bottom lines.
    • The Political Attitudes and Participation chapter contains new discussion on vote-counting improvements and considers voter identification laws.
    • New examples in the Legislatures chapter note recent legislative efforts, including legalization of same-sex marriage, the South Carolina executive’s repeated efforts to restructure the state government, and apportionment changes in Texas.
    • The Bureaucracy chapter looks at efforts to rein in spending, including Wisconsin and Ohio trying to curtail the power of public unions.
    • The impact of the Citizens United ruling is explored in the Courts chapter, particularly on judicial campaigns.
    • The position states are in after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act is covered in the Health and Welfare chapter, including considerations for expanding Medicaid.
  • The Latest Research boxes offer a window into cutting-edge scholarship, providing context as to the state of research on a chapter topic as well as highlighting and annotating recent journal articles and book publications, so students benefit from a deeper understanding of the social scientific study of states and localities.
  • A streamlined graphics program now displays the most effective and illuminating data.
  • A revamped full-color design brings renewed life to nearly thirty maps, a vivid selection of photographs, and updated tables and figures.

KEY FEATURES:

  • A Difference that Makes a Difference boxes provide clear examples of how variation among states and localities can be used to explain a wide range of political and policy phenomena.
  • Local Focus boxes spotlight how localities function independently of states and show how they are both constrained and empowered by intergovernmental ties.
  • Policy in Practice boxes demonstrate how different states and localities interpret and implement legislation.
  • States under Stress boxes underscore how budgetary constraints are reshaping how state and local governments operate.
  • Nearly thirty full-color 50-state maps provide an intuitively easy way for students to grasp the differences among states and localities.
  • More than 45 tables and figures feature up-to-date comparative data as well as show patterns and trends over time.
  • Chapter-opening, comparative questions prompt students to look systematically for answers using the comparative method.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes grab students’ interest by relating a compelling story that segues naturally into the broader themes of the chapter. Many of these vignettes (as well as many of the feature boxes) represent original reporting.
  • A marginal glossary defines key concepts as they are introduced.

Do you like to incorporate readings into your class?  Pair with Smith's State and Local Government: 2012-2013 Edition

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ISBN: 978-1-4522-2633-0 Format: Print Paperback Retail Price: $112.00 Price to Bookstores: $89.60
New to this Edition
  • State Stats, a new data product from CQ Press, allows students to investigate reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources, covering such areas as health care, crime, and education. Intuitive mapping and graphing tools get students comparing states through data visualization. A set of exercises in each chapter challenges students to apply what they’ve learned, exploring what they find interesting about a particular state.
  • Updated coverage in every chapter, with particular attention to the economy and intergovernmental relations:
    • The Finance chapter provides fresh assessment of revenue and spending challenges, with state and federal governments helping to ease the funding gap for school districts and new concerns over how the Affordable Care Act will affect states’ bottom lines.
    • The Political Attitudes and Participation chapter contains new discussion on vote-counting improvements and considers voter identification laws.
    • New examples in the Legislatures chapter note recent legislative efforts, including legalization of same-sex marriage and apportionment changes.
    • The Bureaucracy chapter looks at efforts to rein in spending and to curtail the power of public unions.
    • The impact of the Citizens United ruling is explored in the Courts chapter, particularly on judicial campaigns.
    • The position states are in after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act is covered in the Health and Welfare chapter, including considerations for expanding Medicaid.
  • NEW! The Latest Research boxes offer a window into cutting-edge scholarship. Not only do the authors provide context as to the state of research on a chapter topic, but they also highlight and annotate recent journal articles and book publications so students benefit from a deeper understanding of the social scientific study of states and localities.
  • A streamlined graphics program now displays the most effective and illuminating data.
  • A revamped full-color design brings renewed life to nearly fifty maps, a vivid selection of photographs, and updated tables and figures.
  • An expertly integrated set of feature boxes that extend the book’s comparative approach:
    • A Difference that Makes a Difference provides clear examples of how variation among states and localities can be used to explain a wide range of political and policy phenomena.
    • Local Focus spotlights how localities function independently of states and show how they are both constrained and empowered by intergovernmental ties.
    • Policy in Practice demonstrates how different states and localities interpret and implement legislation.
    • States under Stress underscores how budgetary constraints are reshaping how state and local governments operate.
Previous Editions
3rd Edition ©2010
2nd Edition ©2007
1st Edition ©2004

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Table of Contents
Map of the United States
Contents
About the Authors
Preface
1. Introduction: They Tax Dogs in West Virginia, Don’t They?
2. Federalism: The Power Plan
3. Constitutions: Operating Instructions
4. Finance: Filling the Till and Paying the Bills
5. Political Attitudes and Participation: Venting and Voting
6. Parties and Interest Groups: Elephants, Donkeys, and Cash Cows
7. Legislatures: The Art of Herding Cats
8. Governors and Executives: There Is No Such Thing as Absolute Power
9. Courts: Turning Law into Politics
10. Bureaucracy: What Nobody Wants but Everybody Needs
11. Local Government: Function Follows Form
12. Metropolitics: The Hole Problem of Government 
13. Education: Reading, Writing, and Regulation
14. Crime and Punishment
15. Health and Welfare: State, Heal Thyself!
16. Environment and Climate Change: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Notes
Glossary
Index
Bio(s)
Kevin B. Smith, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Kevin B. Smith is professor of political science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the co-author of The Public Policy Theory Primer and numerous scholarly articles on state politics and policy, and is the long-time editor of CQ Press’s annual State and Local Government reader. He is also a former associate editor of State Politics & Policy Quarterly. Prior to becoming an academic, he covered state and local politics as a newspaper reporter.



Alan Greenblatt, former Governing Magazine reporter

Alan Greenblatt has been writing about politics and government in Washington and the states for nearly two decades. As a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, he won the National Press Club’s Sandy Hume award for political journalism. While on staff at Governing magazine, he covered many issues of concern to state and local governments, such as budgets,taxes, and higher education. Along the way, he has written about politics and culture for numerous other outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR.org.

Ancillaries

Access to StateStats, a password-protected, interactive database from CQ Press that delivers a dynamic and engaging user experience that is unmatched in other resources. StateStats features data from more than 80 different government and non-government sources and backed by a rich collection of more than 2,000 current and historical data series on popular topics of research interest. 

A companion student website includes a wealth of review and study aids: http://www.cqpress.com/cs/govstateandlocal/

  • Chapter summaries with review questions
  • Quiz questions
  • Interactive flashcards
  • Annotated web links

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  • Test Bank—700 true/false, multiple-choice, fill-inthe- blank, and short essay questions. Available with Respondus test generation software.
  • PowerPoint—250 lecture slides.
  • Instructor’s Manual—chapter summaries, lecture outlines, talking points for discussions and lectures, and sample syllabi.
  • Electronic graphics—every table, figure, and map from the book available in PowerPoint and PDF.
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