STATE AND LOCAL Politics: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS will intrigue you with comparative perspectives on state/local government that no other book provides. Real-life examples illustrate the kinds of problems and issues faced at the state and local level, so you will better understand how institutions and systems impact actual individuals in real situations. Vivid graphs, maps, and photographs reinforce your understanding.
In STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: Institutions & Reform: THE ESSENTIALS--a concise version of their acclaimed new text--Donovan, Mooney, and Smith intrigue students by going beyond the purely descriptive treatment usually found in state and local texts. STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: THE ESSENTIALS offers an engaging comparative approach, showing students how politics and government differ between states and communities, as well as the causes and effects of those variations, all within a manageable 10 chapters. An abbreviated, cost-effective text, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: THE ESSENTIALS covers the core concepts that students need for a solid understanding of state and local government. Written by three young, high-profile specialists who have contributed significantly to the field in the last decade, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: THE ESSENTIALS incorporates the most recent scholarship available, giving students access to perspectives that no other textbook on the market currently provides. In addition, the text goes above and beyond the traditional approach by focusing on what social scientists know about the effects of rules and institutions on politics and policy. This comparative, institutional framework enables students to think more analytically about the impact of institutions on policy outcomes, asks them to evaluate the effectiveness of one institutional approach over another, and encourages them to consider more sophisticated solutions.