This brief text distinguishes itself through its highly accessible writing style, inclusion of unique topics such as tribal governments, extensive discussion of intergovernmental relations, and its focus on the relationship between government and the governedhow individuals are affected by government decisions and how individuals influence public policy ("face-to-face" approach).
A text on the importance of state and local governments in Americans' daily lives, relating politics, institutions, and policies to the mundane interactions everyone has with government officials and employees. This latest edition adds coverage of issues such as highlights of the 2000 elections, including the fate of voter initiatives on a number of ballots; the implementation of term limits for some state legislatures; and developments in state, local, and tribal relations with the adoption of devolution policies by the federal government. Dresang teaches at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison and Gosling at the U. of Utah. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)