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State and Local Government and Politics: Prospects for Sustainability - 2nd Edition

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Christopher A. Simon, Oregon State University

Brent S. Steel, Oregon State University

Nicholas P. Lovrich, Oregon State University

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Oregon State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Benjamin Melusky, Associate Professor, Old Dominion University on 7/7/23

As an open textbook, I was surprised at how remarkably comprehensive this text was in its ability to delve into the heterogenous world of state and local governments in the United States. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of this work,... read more

Reviewed by Jakob Miller, Asst. Prof. of Pol. Science, Taylor University on 11/15/22

There is a full glossary, and important terms are called out in the text and collected at the end of each chapter. The PDF version does seem to lack a Table of Contents, but the online version includes one. read more

Reviewed by Cynthia Breneman, Instructor of Political Science, Limestone University on 3/9/22

After each chapter there is a list of terms used with a hyperlink to the glossary. A more effective method would be a mouse-over definition or a hyperlink to the page as it was discussed in the chapter. The glossary is located in the back of the... read more

Reviewed by Gina Scutelnicu, Associate Professor, Pace University on 8/31/21

The textbook is comprehensive and covers all areas and ideas of state and local government functions, policy and sustainability in an appropriate manner, and provides an effective index and/or glossary. I really like that, in addition to providing... read more

Reviewed by Charles Young, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 7/19/21

The text is comprehensive in the needed areas of an introductory state and local government course. I was particularly pleased with its material on State Constitutions, Legislatures, Executives, and on Traditional and Visible Services. I gave it a... read more

Reviewed by Kerriann Stout, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science, Pace University on 7/5/21

This text covers all the areas necessary for an introductory State and Local government course. I gave a 4 instead of a 5 because I like more detail on federalism than this text provided but that may just be my personal preference. read more

Reviewed by Shane Martin, Adjunct Faculty, Mount Wachusett Community College on 6/30/21

The text covers all of the core chapters and key concepts used for an intro level class on state and local government. read more

Reviewed by Joshua Habursky, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University on 2/10/21

The textbook provides a clear overview of the common themes around State and Local Government and Politics. In addition to providing students with a foundational understanding of the basic themes of state and local government, the text offers a... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Themes
  • Chapter 2: Federalism
  • Chapter 3: The New Margins: Sustainability
  • Chapter 4: Key Actors and the Policy Process in State and Local Governments
  • Chapter 5: State Constitutions
  • Chapter 6: Legislatures
  • Chapter 7: Executives
  • Chapter 8: Courts
  • Chapter 9: State and Local Bureaucracy and Administration
  • Chapter 10: Budgeting and Sustainability
  • Chapter 11: Entitlements
  • Chapter 12: Traditional and Visible Services: Criminal Justice, Education, Transportation and Emergency Management

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  • About the Book

    Our book represents a unique opportunity for three generations of scholars to reflect upon and collectively consider their decades’ long research, and the meaning of that research to both the broader society and to students of contemporary politics. Nicholas Lovrich served as a graduate school mentor to Brent Steel, and Brent in turn mentored Christopher A. Simon as an undergraduate and guided him to study with Lovrich.  Steel and Lovrich have collaborated on research for over 30 years, while Simon has frequently collaborated with Steel and Lovrich for nearly 20 years.

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    Christopher A. Simon, Oregon State University

    Brent S. Steel, Oregon State University

    Nicholas P. Lovrich, Oregon State University

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