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Number:PS218
Name:Politics of State and Local Governments
Description:This course examines the structure and function of state, county, municipal, and local leadership as it relates to political problem solving and policymaking. The impact of decisions made by the executive, legislative and judicial branches on local governments is stressed.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s):

Course Objectives

This course currently provides students with in-depth exposure to the following: the various levels of state and local leadership and governance; the relationship between state and local government bodies; the nature of shared decision-making in the federalist system; the impact of state level policymaking and mandates on local governance; a history and impact of machine politics; the impact of monetary and in-kind contributions to political candidates, initiatives, and referenda on the process of state and local lawmaking; the clash of cultures between state policymaking and the tradition of local control.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
F 2012 State and Local Politics 0-495-56789-2 Donovan, Todd / Smit 2010 Wadsworth, Inc
F 2011 STATE & LOCAL POLITICS ES 0-495-56789-2 DONOVAN WAD
S 2011 STATE & LOCAL POLITICS ES 0-495-56789-2 DONOVAN CENGAGE LEA
F 2010 STATE & LOCAL POLITICS ES 0-495-56789-2 DONOVAN WAD
S 2010 STATE & LOCAL POLITICS ES 0-495-56789-2 DONOVAN WAD
F 2007 STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT DUSHKIN 1 MCG
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