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Leadership At The Apex - Politicians and Administrators in Western Local Governments (Paperback): Poul Erik Mouritzen, James H.... Leadership At The Apex - Politicians and Administrators in Western Local Governments (Paperback)
Poul Erik Mouritzen, James H. Svara
R951 Discovery Miles 9 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although the relationship between elected officials and appointed executives has often been viewed as a struggle between master and servant--with disagreements as to which individuals occupy which roles--Poul Erik Mouritzen's and James Svara's comparison of city governments in fourteen countries reveals more interdependence and shared influence than conflict over control.

Mouritzen and Svara bring local government to the forefront, emphasizing the sophisticated level of city management in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Their findings lead to a revision of the general view concerning the boundaries of public administration. "Leadership at the Apex" illustrates in practical ways how the democratic control of government and professional administration can coexist without undermining the logic or integrity of each other.

Making Democracy Work - Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (Paperback, Revised): Robert D. Putnam, Robert Jean Leonardi,... Making Democracy Work - Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (Paperback, Revised)
Robert D. Putnam, Robert Jean Leonardi, Raffaella Y. Nanetti
R928 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R211 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention from policymakers and civic activists in America and around the world, Robert Putnam and his collaborators offer empirical evidence for the importance of "civic community" in developing successful institutions. Their focus is on a unique experiment begun in 1970 when Italy created new governments for each of its regions. After spending two decades analyzing the efficacy of these governments in such fields as agriculture, housing, and health services, they reveal patterns of associationism, trust, and co-operation that facilitate good governance and economic prosperity. Winner of the 1992 Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration.

California Politics - A Primer (Paperback, 5th ed.): Renee B. Van Vechten California Politics - A Primer (Paperback, 5th ed.)
Renee B. Van Vechten
R806 Discovery Miles 8 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Thomas Worthington - Father of Ohio Statehood (Paperback, New edition): Alfred Byron Sears Thomas Worthington - Father of Ohio Statehood (Paperback, New edition)
Alfred Byron Sears
R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Territorial and state legislator, governor, and United States senator, Thomas Worthington was a dominant figure in early Ohio politics. This biography - originally published in 1958 - describes and documents the life and activities of the man who led Ohio to statehood. Thomas Worthington was born in 1773 in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia); in 1798 he moved his family to the Northwest Territory and the town of Chillicothe. He was soon appointed justice of the peace, a lieutenant colonel of the militia, and judge of the court of common pleas. A member of the territorial legislature from 1799 to 1803, Worthington worked actively for the admission of Ohio into the federal union. When Ohio became a state in 1803, Worthington was elected senator for a four-year term. He served another term from 1810 to 1814, when he was elected governor. The leader of the Jeffersonians in Ohio politics, he became an authority on Indian affairs and introduced significant legislation to improve the distribution of public lands, to safeguard purchases made by settlers, and to build and improve public roads and canals. An essential selection for every library in the state of Ohio, this volume will also appeal to scholars and general readers interested in the history of Ohio and the early Republic.

All Politics Is Local - Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (Hardcover): Meaghan Winter All Politics Is Local - Why Progressives Must Fight for the States (Hardcover)
Meaghan Winter
R658 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After the 2016 election, the Republican Party seized control not just of the White House and Congress but of many state governments. To be precise, the GOP seized control of both legislative chambers in 32 states and governor offices in 33 states-a majority the party hadn't held since 1928. What happened? In In the Red, journalist Meaghan Winter argues that over the last couple decades, the Democratic Party has made a very risky strategic choice to abandon state and local races in order to win federal races, while the GOP poured money into winning state governor seats and state congresses. For Republicans, it paid off. For Democrats--and the American public--the fallout has been catastrophic. Abortion access is more restricted than it has been in decades; gun control legislation has become even harder to pass; and ID laws are undermining voting rights. In states across the country, activists on the ground are fighting massive Republican power alone, liberal and progressive candidates are running campaigns with no support, and American citizens are suffering. If the Democratic Party establishment changes its strategy--and soon--there is hope. Meaghan Winter's book reminds us of the importance of robust local politics and the role that states can play in checking presidential power.

Battleground New Jersey - Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Hardcover): Nelson Johnson Battleground New Jersey - Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Hardcover)
Nelson Johnson
R755 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

New Jersey's legal system was plagued with injustices from the time the system was established through the mid-twentieth century. "In Battleground New Jersey," historian and author of "Boardwalk Empire," Nelson Johnson chronicles reforms to the system through the dramatic stories of Arthur T. Vanderbilt--the first chief justice of the state's modern-era Supreme Court--and Frank Hague--legendary mayor of Jersey City. Two of the most powerful politicians in twentieth-century America, Vanderbilt and Hague clashed on matters of public policy and over the need to reform New Jersey's antiquated and corrupt court system. Their battles made headlines and eventually led to legal reform, transforming New Jersey's court system into one of the most highly regarded in America.
Vanderbilt's power came through mastering the law, serving as dean of New York University Law School, preaching court reform as president of the American Bar Association, and organizing suburban voters before other politicians recognized their importance. Hague, a remarkably successful sixth-grade dropout, amassed his power by exploiting people's foibles, crushing his rivals, accumulating a fortune through extortion, subverting the law, and taking care of business in his own backyard. They were different ethnically, culturally, and temperamentally, but they shared the goals of power.
Relying upon previously unexamined personal files of Vanderbilt, Johnson's engaging chronicle reveals the hatred the lawyer had for the mayor and the lengths Vanderbilt went to in an effort to destroy Hague. "Battleground New Jersey" illustrates the difficulty in adapting government to a changing world, and the vital role of independent courts in American society.

World Cities and Nation States (Paperback): Greg Clark, Tim Moonen World Cities and Nation States (Paperback)
Greg Clark, Tim Moonen
R1,279 R1,173 Discovery Miles 11 730 Save R106 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

World Cities and Nation States takes a global perspective to show how national governments and states/provinces/regions continue to play a decisive, and often positive, partnership role with world cities. The 16 chapter book comprised of two introductory chapters, 12 central chapters that draw on case studies, and two summary chapters - draws on over 40 interviews with national ministers, city government officials, business leaders and expert academics.

Politically Indicted (Hardcover): Anthony Suarez Politically Indicted (Hardcover)
Anthony Suarez
R585 R533 Discovery Miles 5 330 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Local Democracy, Journalism and Public Relations - The changing dynamics in local media and public sector communications... Local Democracy, Journalism and Public Relations - The changing dynamics in local media and public sector communications (Paperback)
Carmel O'Toole, Adrian Roxan
R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a critical examination of the impact of sustained large-scale austerity cuts on local government communications in the UK. Budget constraints have left public sector media teams without the resources for robust citizen-facing communications. The "nose for news" has been downgraded and local journalists, once the champions of public interest coverage, are a force much diminished. The book asks, what is lost to local democracy as a result? And what does it mean when no one is holding the country's public spenders to account? The authors present extensive interviews with communications professionals working across different council authorities. These offer important insights into the challenges currently being faced by communicators within local public services. The book also includes in-depth case studies on the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Rotherham child-grooming scandal and the Sheffield tree-felling controversy. These events all raise serious questions about the scrutiny and accountability of local authorities and the important role the media can and does play. Local Democracy, Journalism and Public Relations provides new empirical data on, and the real-world views of, working communications teams in local government today. For students and researchers interested in local journalism and public relations, the book illuminates the current relationship between these professions, local democracy and political accountability.

Mayor Helen Boosalis - My Mother's Life in Politics (Paperback): Beth Boosalis Davis Mayor Helen Boosalis - My Mother's Life in Politics (Paperback)
Beth Boosalis Davis
R617 R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Save R117 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As a 1950s housewife and League of Women Voters volunteer who spearheaded the city of Lincoln's switch to a "strong mayor" form of government, Helen Boosalis (1919-2009) never anticipated that she herself would one day be that strong mayor and chief executive of Nebraska's capital city. Helen Boosalis's story, told by her daughter, Beth Boosalis Davis, is that of a true pioneer of women in politics. The daughter of Greek immigrants, Boosalis achieved national prominence as the first woman president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as an outspoken advocate for economically distressed cities facing President Reagan's "new federalism." Winning the Democratic nomination for governor of Nebraska in 1986, Helen Boosalis ran against Kay Orr in the first gubernatorial contest between two women in U.S. history. The interwoven tales of conflict and challenge, from the mayor's office to the campaign trail, combine personal insight into one woman's trailblazing political history with a compelling memoir of a half century of public service and private devotion shared by two remarkable women, mother and daughter. Listen to an interview with Helen Boosalis and Beth Boosalis Davis on AARP's Radio Prime Time show.

Powerplay - The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Hardcover): Victor D. Cha Powerplay - The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Hardcover)
Victor D. Cha
R839 R657 Discovery Miles 6 570 Save R182 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While the American alliance system in Asia has been fundamental to the region's security and prosperity for seven decades, today it encounters challenges from the growth of China-based regional organizations. How was the American alliance system originally established in Asia, and is it currently under threat? How are competing security designs being influenced by the United States and China? In Powerplay, Victor Cha draws from theories about alliances, unipolarity, and regime complexity to examine the evolution of the U.S. alliance system and the reasons for its continued importance in Asia and the world. Cha delves into the fears, motivations, and aspirations of the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies as they contemplated alliances with the Republic of China, Republic of Korea, and Japan at the outset of the Cold War. Their choice of a bilateral "hub and spokes" security design for Asia was entirely different from the system created in Europe, but it was essential for its time. Cha argues that the alliance system's innovations in the twenty-first century contribute to its resiliency in the face of China's increasing prominence, and that the task for the world is not to choose between American and Chinese institutions, but to maximize stability and economic progress amid Asia's increasingly complex political landscape. Exploring U.S. bilateral relations in Asia after World War II, Powerplay takes an original look at how global alliances are achieved and maintained.

Centrifugal Empire - Central-Local Relations in China (Paperback): Jae Ho Chung Centrifugal Empire - Central-Local Relations in China (Paperback)
Jae Ho Chung
R609 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R64 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Despite the destabilizing potential of governing of a vast territory and a large multicultural population, the centralized government of the People's Republic of China has held together for decades, resisting efforts at local autonomy. By analyzing Beijing's strategies for maintaining control even in the reformist post-Mao era, Centrifugal Empire reveals the unique thinking behind China's approach to local governance, its historical roots, and its deflection of divergent interests. Centrifugal Empire examines the logic, mode, and instrument of local governance established by the People's Republic, and then compares the current system to the practices of its dynastic predecessors. The result is an expansive portrait of Chinese leaders' attitudes toward regional autonomy and local challenges, one concerned with territory-specific preoccupations and manifesting in constant searches for an optimal design of control. Jae Ho Chung reveals how current communist instruments of local governance echo imperial institutions, while exposing the Leninist regime's savvy adaptation to contemporary issues and its need for more sophisticated inter-local networks to keep its unitary rule intact. He casts the challenges to China's central-local relations as perennial, since the dilution of the system's "socialist" or "Communist" character will only accentuate its fundamentally Chinese-or centrifugal-nature.

Democracy at Work - Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil (Hardcover): Brian Wampler, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Michael Touchton Democracy at Work - Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil (Hardcover)
Brian Wampler, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Michael Touchton
R2,065 Discovery Miles 20 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the greatest challenges in the twenty-first century is to address large, deep, and historic deficits in human development. Democracy at Work explores a crucial question: how does democracy, with all of its messy, contested, and, time-consuming features, advance well-being and improve citizens' lives? Professors Brian Wampler, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, and Michael Touchton argue that differences in the local robustness of three democratic pathways - participatory institutions, rights-based social programs, and inclusive state capacity - best explain the variation in how democratic governments improve well-being. Using novel data from Brazil and innovative analytic techniques, the authors show that participatory institutions permit citizens to express voice and exercise vote, inclusive social programs promote citizenship rights and access to public resources, and more capable local states use public resources according to democratic principles of rights protections and equal access. The analysis uncovers how democracy works to advance capabilities related to poverty, health, women's empowerment, and education.

Contemporary Bohemia: A Case Study of an Artistic Community in Philadelphia (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Geoffrey Moss, Rachel... Contemporary Bohemia: A Case Study of an Artistic Community in Philadelphia (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Geoffrey Moss, Rachel Wildfeuer, Keith Mcintosh
R1,212 R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Save R100 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents an investigation and assessment of an artistic community that emerged within Philadelphia's Fishtown and the nearby neighborhood of Kensington. The book starts out by examining historical and sociological work on bohemia, and then provides a detailed history of greater Philadelphia and the Fishtown/Kensington region. After analyzing the ways in which Fishtown/Kensington's artistic community maintains continuity with bohemian tradition, it demonstrates that this community has decoupled traditional bohemian practices from their anti-bourgeois foundation. The book also demonstrates that this community helped generate and maintains overlapping membership with a larger community of hipsters. It concludes by defining the area's artistic community as an artistic bohemian lifestyle community, and argues that the artistic activities and cultural practices exhibited by the community are not unique, and have significant implications for urban artistic policy, and for post-industrial urban society.

Centrifugal Empire - Central-Local Relations in China (Hardcover): Jae Ho Chung Centrifugal Empire - Central-Local Relations in China (Hardcover)
Jae Ho Chung
R1,355 R1,101 Discovery Miles 11 010 Save R254 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Despite the destabilizing potential of governing of a vast territory and a large multicultural population, the centralized government of the People's Republic of China has held together for decades, resisting efforts at local autonomy. By analyzing Beijing's strategies for maintaining control even in the reformist post-Mao era, Centrifugal Empire reveals the unique thinking behind China's approach to local governance, its historical roots, and its deflection of divergent interests. Centrifugal Empire examines the logic, mode, and instrument of local governance established by the People's Republic, and then compares the current system to the practices of its dynastic predecessors. The result is an expansive portrait of Chinese leaders' attitudes toward regional autonomy and local challenges, one concerned with territory-specific preoccupations and manifesting in constant searches for an optimal design of control. Jae Ho Chung reveals how current communist instruments of local governance echo imperial institutions, while exposing the Leninist regime's savvy adaptation to contemporary issues and its need for more sophisticated inter-local networks to keep its unitary rule intact. He casts the challenges to China's central-local relations as perennial, since the dilution of the system's "socialist" or "Communist" character will only accentuate its fundamentally Chinese-or centrifugal-nature.

GE-14 in Johor - The Fall of the Fortress? (Paperback): Francis E. Hutchinson GE-14 in Johor - The Fall of the Fortress? (Paperback)
Francis E. Hutchinson
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Johor is a key battleground in Malaysia's 14th General Elections. The state is economically vital to the country: it is the birthplace of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO); and it has a large number of parliamentary seats. Johor-specific dynamics that have worked to the advantage of the ruling coalition include: UMNO's unique links with the state; the tight control over religion; and the phenomenal scale and success of the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) scheme. Despite these advantages, support for the ruling coalition has been slipping across the state. Furthermore, the emergence of new parties such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) will challenge Barisan Nasional's control over Johor's rural and Malay heartland. The redelineation of parliamentary and state constituencies now underway is however likely to benefit BN, and recent survey data indicate that Johoreans are yet to be attracted to the reconfigured opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan. Thus, while BN may suffer a drop in support, it is likely to retain power in Johor.

Villages in Cities - Community Land Ownership and Cooperative Housing in Milton Parc and Beyond (Hardcover): Joshua Hawley,... Villages in Cities - Community Land Ownership and Cooperative Housing in Milton Parc and Beyond (Hardcover)
Joshua Hawley, Dimitri Roussopoulos
R1,245 R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Save R227 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Powerplay - The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Paperback): Victor D. Cha Powerplay - The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Paperback)
Victor D. Cha
R538 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R99 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A close look at the evolution of American political alliances in Asia and their future While the American alliance system in Asia has been fundamental to the region's security and prosperity for seven decades, today it encounters challenges from the growth of China-based regional organizations. How was the American alliance system originally established in Asia, and is it currently under threat? How are competing security designs being influenced by the United States and China? In Powerplay, Victor Cha draws from theories about alliances, unipolarity, and regime complexity to examine the evolution of the U.S. alliance system and the reasons for its continued importance in Asia and the world. Cha delves into the fears, motivations, and aspirations of the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies as they contemplated alliances with the Republic of China, Republic of Korea, and Japan at the outset of the Cold War. Their choice of a bilateral "hub and spokes" security design for Asia was entirely different from the system created in Europe, but it was essential for its time. Cha argues that the alliance system's innovations in the twenty-first century contribute to its resiliency in the face of China's increasing prominence, and that the task for the world is not to choose between American and Chinese institutions, but to maximize stability and economic progress amid Asia's increasingly complex political landscape. Exploring U.S. bilateral relations in Asia after World War II, Powerplay takes an original look at how global alliances are achieved and maintained.

What American Government Does (Paperback): Stan Luger, Brian Waddell What American Government Does (Paperback)
Stan Luger, Brian Waddell
R689 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R79 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It has become all too easy to disparage the role of the US government today. Many Americans are influenced by a simplistic anti-government ideology that is itself driven by a desire to roll back the more democratically responsive aspects of public policy. But government has improved the lives of Americans in numerous ways, from providing income, food, education, housing, and healthcare support, to ensuring cleaner air, water, and food, to providing a vast infrastructure upon which economic growth depends. In What American Government Does, Stan Luger and Brian Waddell offer a practical understanding of the scope and function of American governance. They present a historical overview of the development of US governance that is rooted in the theoretical work of Charles Tilly, Karl Polanyi, and Michael Mann. Touching on everything from taxes, welfare, and national and domestic security to the government's regulatory, developmental, and global responsibilities, each chapter covers a main function of American government and explains how it emerged and then evolved over time. Luger and Waddell are careful to both identify the controversies related to what government does and those areas of government that should elicit concern and vigilance. Analyzing the functions of the US government in terms of both a tug-of-war and a collaboration between state and societal forces, they provide a reading of American political development that dispels the myth of a weak, minimal, non-interventionist state. What American Government Does represents a major contribution to the scholarly debate on the nature of the American state and the exercise of power in America.

Dream City - Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C. (Paperback): Harry S. Jaffe, Tom Sherwood Dream City - Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C. (Paperback)
Harry S. Jaffe, Tom Sherwood
R807 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R142 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With a new afterword covering the two decades since its first publication, two of Washington, D.C.'s most respected journalists expose one of America's most tragic ironies: how the nation's capital, often a gleaming symbol of peace and hope, is the setting for vicious contradictions and devastating conflicts over race, class, and power. Jaffe and Sherwood have chillingly chronicled the descent of the District of Columbia--congressional hearings, gangland murders, the establishment of home rule and the inside story of Marion Barry's enigmatic dynasty and disgrace. Now their afterword narrates the District's transformation in the last twenty years. New residents have helped bring developments, restaurants, and businesses to reviving neighborhoods. The authors cover the rise and fall of Mayors Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray, how new corruption charges are taking down politicians and businessmen, and how a fading Barry is still a player. The "city behind the monuments" remains flawed and polarized, but its revival is turning it into a distinct world capital--almost a dream city.
Harry Jaffe has been a national editor at "The Washingtonian" magazine since 1990. He has received a number of awards for investigative journalism and feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has taught journalism at Georgetown University and American University. His work has appeared in "Esquire," "Regardie's," "Outside," "Philadelphia Magazine," "National Geographic Traveler," "The Washington Post," "The Los Angeles Times," "The Chicago Tribune," and other newspapers. Jaffe was born and raised in Philadelphia and began his journalism career with the Rutland (Vermont) Herald. He is the co-author of "Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, D.C." He lives in Clarke County, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughters.
Tom Sherwood is a reporter for NBC4 in Washington, specializing in politics and the District of Columbia government. Tom also is a commentator for WAMU 88.5 public radio and a columnist for the Current Newspapers. Tom has twice been honored as one of the Top 50 Journalists in Washington by "Washingtonian" magazine. He began his journalism career at "The Atlanta Constitution" and covered local and national politics for "The Washington Post" from 1979 to 1989. He is the co-author of "Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington, D.C." A native of Atlanta, he currently resides in Washington, D.C. and has one son, Peyton.

Funding Local Governance - Small Grants for Democracy and Development (Paperback): Jo Beall Funding Local Governance - Small Grants for Democracy and Development (Paperback)
Jo Beall
R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

International development is replete with examples of failure. This has led to notes of cynicism being struck in commentaries on development, whether in relation to failed states, donor ineptitude or the unaccountability of NGOs. Precisely because the grand visions have not been realized and macro-level policies have been so controversial, attention turned to initiatives at the local level. However, too many expectations were placed on interventions at the local level and it did not take long before they became formalized, institutionalized and bureaucratized, losing their capacity for rapid response and flexibility. This book is about an alternative approach. Starting from a critical engagement with theories of decentralization and a review of social funds, it explores the value of funding local initiatives that are designed not only to support development activities but also to promote local democracy. Reviewing experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the book demonstrates how, at their most innovative, local funds can deliver development within the context of a rights-based approach and as a critical component of democratic decentralization. Funding Local Governance will appeal to academic, professional and practitioner audiences. It will be of considerable value to people working in international development agencies, NGOs and in local government. It will be of interest to researchers, teachers and students of development, urban studies, local government and politics, geography and urban planning as well as area studies specialists.

Vote for US - How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting (Paperback): Joshua A Douglas Vote for US - How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting (Paperback)
Joshua A Douglas
R428 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R118 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An expert on US election law presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective. In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time. Told through the narratives of those working on positive voting rights reforms, Douglas includes chapters on expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility at the polls, providing voters with more choices, finding ways to comply with voter ID rules, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, using journalism to make the system more accountable, and improving civics education. At the end, the book includes an appendix that lists organizations all over the country working on these efforts. Unusually accessible for a lay audience and thoroughly researched, this book gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.

Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Volume 2 - A Commonwealth Reader (Paperback): Michelle J. Atherton, J. Wesley Leckrone Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Volume 2 - A Commonwealth Reader (Paperback)
Michelle J. Atherton, J. Wesley Leckrone
R661 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R103 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Designed to showcase current issues of interest, Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Volume 2 isthe second reader consisting of updated chapters from recent issues of Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy. The editors and contributors to this volume focus on government institutions, election laws, the judiciary, government finance and budgeting, the opioid crisis, childcare, property taxes, environmental policy, demographics, and more. Each chapter is supplemented by discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and forums with arguments in support of or opposed to contested elements of state policy.In addition, Pennsylvania Politics and Policy, Volume 2 includes a detailed guide to researching state government and policy online, as well as a comprehensive chapter on the structure of Pennsylvania government. It is designed as a text or supplement for college or advanced high school classes in American government, state and local politics, public policy, and public administration. Contributors include: John Arway, Jenna Becker Kane, Jeffrey Carroll, Bob Dick, Ashley Harden, Stefanie I. Kasparek, Vera Krekanova, Maureen W. McClure, John F. McDonald, Josh Shapiro, Marc Stier, Jennie Sweet-Cushman, James Vike, and the editors.

Somebody's Gotta Do It - Why Cursing at the News Won't Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can... Somebody's Gotta Do It - Why Cursing at the News Won't Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can (Hardcover)
Adrienne Martini
R576 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations (Paperback, Minne Ed.): William Anderson Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations (Paperback, Minne Ed.)
William Anderson
R1,115 Discovery Miles 11 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations was first published in 1956. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.This volume is number 8 in a series of monographs edited by William Anderson and Edward W. Weidner on intergovernmental relations in the United States as observed in the state of Minnesota. Topics discussed include: the financial problems of a federal system; Minnesota's place and rank in the union; the financial relationship between Minnesota and the nation from 1783 to 1953; the respective financial powers of Minnesota and the nation; national and state taxes in Minnesota; federal grants-in-aid as a revenue source; the national-state fiscal balance; state-local revenue relations; and state payments to local governments.

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