California: The Politics of Diversity

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CALIFORNIA: THE POLITICS OF DIVERSITY, 6E, is a comprehensive text that explores the uniqueness and excitement of California's political environment through two key themes: diversity and hyperpluralism. An experienced educator with a background in local government, Lawrence brings an informed, insightful perspective to the examination of the numerous pressures that make governing the state increasingly challenging. To help readers better understand California politics in a national context, the text also discusses aspects of American politics such as the democratic, elite, and pluralist theories and shows how those concepts can aid in understanding California politics.

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David G. Lawrence is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. As a teacher, scholar, and former public official, he applies theory and practice to California politics. He served on a city council as mayor pro tem, chaired a regional planning agency, and is former president of CALCOG, the California Association of Councils of Governments. He currently serves on the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee, a group that advises the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments on the expenditure of sales tax revenues earmarked for transportation (an estimated $1 billion over 30 years). He is also former president of the California Center for Education in Public Affairs, a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to helping students better understand California politics through Sacramento seminars and post-election briefings.

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"An excellent text which clearly provides a helpful explanation of how CA politics works--i.e., the politics of diversity--and does so in a way that hold students' attention and leaves them with a political understanding that they can take with them the rest of their lives."

"I truly cannot come up with even one weakness. . . . [T]he Lawrence text is the best I have seen."

"The most cogent and in-depth of the California politics texts on the market. It explicitly incorporates diversity and hyperpluralism as organizing perspectives. It is readable and reasonably priced."

"The textbook is very clearly written, covers the essentials and more of California government, and is one of only a few on the market that incorporates significant policy content."

"An introductory California politics text that students like to read."

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