An accurate, comprehensive and fun-to-read pictureof state and local government politics. This bookis unique in its informal and entertaining writing style. It coversthe fundamentals that the 50 states have in common, while recognizingand accounting for the multitude of differences. Though entirelyfictional, the conversations in the book are based on actualconversations or on data acquired in other ways. This bookexamines how the mass media covers state and local governments,explores why federal power has grown, discusses whether theelection system dictates election outcomes, provides anentertaining section "How to kill a bill" to show the procedureof passing bills, and contains a unique discussion of proposalsfor reforming counties.
Standard text for an introductory undergraduate course (third edition, 1989), updated with new sections on such current issues as ethics in public service, the AIDS problem, reapportionment in the 1990s, impediments to legislative leadership, and the single-issue voter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)