Governing States and Localities, 2nd Edition

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A collaboration between a political scientist, Smith (U. of Nebraska-Lincoln), and two journalists, Greenblatt and Buntin (both of Governing magazine), this text examines the similarities and particularly the differences between state institutional structures, laws, regulations, culture, history, demographics, economy and geography. The authors cov

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Kevin B. Smith is professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of The Ideology of Education and numerous scholarly articles on state politics and policy. 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 has been writing about politics and government in Washington and the states for more than a decade. As a reporter at Congressional Quarterly, he won the National Press Club s Sandy Hume award for political journalism. Since joining the staff of Governing magazine, he has covered issues of concern to state and local governments, including budgets, taxes, and higher education. Along the way, he has written about politics and culture for numerous publications, including the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Michele Mariani is a senior associate with The Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she counts among her projects the Government Performance Project, a regular assessment of government management. Prior to joining the Pew Trusts, she wrote for Governing magazine.

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Governing States and Localities is a well-organized and current text for State and Local Politics courses. Most importantly, the authors have found a way to organize a broad range of topical areas. For my purposes, the chapters on Federalism, Finance, Local Government, and Metropolitics have made this a very servicable text. The new chapter on Environmental Policy is a welcome addition to a text that is comprehensive without being overbearing. The writing is crisp and lucid and its overall appearance and graphics are fresh. Student response has been very positive. --Scott Moore, Colorado State University

Governing States and Localities covers the major points and issues for my course and does so in a manner my students find readable. I like the feature boxes and the color terms in the margins. The subtitles to the chapters are often humorous and get the reader's attention. I teach this class often as a distance-learning class and have the students use the online flashcards and crosswords for terms that they need to learn. I use the test bank for tests and quizzes, and find much of this essential to my course. I have used this book since its first edition, and plan on keeping it. It is the third state and local book I have used, and it is the best of the bunch. --Lisa Langenbach, Middle Tennessee State University

Governing States and Localities seems to be more entertaining than competing texts. In other words, it keeps the student's attention with a more illustrative style. The real world examples and stories throughout the book are very good. Introductory questions at the beginning of each chapter are more effective than closing each chapter with questions because they lead the student to think about them while reading. The balance between description, example, and analysis is very good. This is a solid textbook. --William Lester, Jacksonville State University

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