This book explores the state of California — viewing the state as a holistic political culture that reflects the influence of multiple cultures, ethnic groups, and communities of interest. It starts with a broad historical foundation, and travels through cultural analyses and institutional discussions. The evaluation of specific policy issues affecting the state is an important stop along the way, and the crossroads that bring together the variety of analytic paths. This book is suited for individuals interested in California policy work, and gaining a better understanding of that state's unique political culture.
Chapter 1 - The Three States of California Chapter 2 - California’s Political History Chapter 3 - Political Culture and Politics in Postwar California Chapter 4 - People, Diversity, and Culture Chapter 5 - California’s Economy Chapter 6 - California’s Constitution and Constitutional Officers Chapter 7 - California’s Legislature Chapter 8 - California Justice Chapter 9 - Intergovernmental Relations Chapter 10 - The Policy Game Chapter 11 - Non-Institutional Players: The Media, Political Parties, and Interest Groups Chapter 12 - The Electorate as Players: Elections and Political Participation Chapter 13 - Educational Policy Chapter 14 - Environmental and Energy Policy Chapter 15 - Immigration Policy Chapter 16 - Civil Rights Policy Chapter 17 - Rethinking California APPENDIX A - California’s Counties APPENDIX B - California’s Constitutional Officers APPENDIX C - California State Senate APPENDIX D - California Assembly APPENDIX E - California Resources on the Web