Governing States and Localities (Paperback)
  • Governing States and Localities (Paperback)

Governing States and Localities (Paperback)

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Federal-state relations remain contentious as states continue to face stark choices over funding and public services seven years after the start of a recession that's been slow to end. The worst of the economic hardships appear to have passed, but state and local budgets continue to be tight. The new edition of Governing States and Localities continues its focus on economic and budget pressures as they play an important role in the issues facing states and localities concerned with charting a path for the future.

A great blend of high-quality academic analysis, the latest scholarship, and engaging journalist writing, the fifth edition is thoroughly updated to account for such major developments as the early impact on states from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the education debate over the Common Core State Standards, and the implications for the public when localities succumb to bankruptcy.

Along with their crisp storytelling, Smith and Greenblatt employ a comparative approach to explain how and why states and localities are both similar and different in institutional structure, culture, history, economy, geography, and demographics.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781483378039
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 1030 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 19 mm
Edition: 5th Revised edition


"Governing States and Localities is the gold standard for state government textbooks, with others struggling to keep up."

-- Stephen Yoder

"This is my go-to book. It challenges students but is also a book that they can actually read and understand. Smith and Greenblatt integrate and reinforce the comparative method throughout the text, and students come away absolutely certain that we can learn about democracy by studying the various differences that exist between states."

-- Joel Turner

"Governing States and Localities is a better-written and more accessible book [compared to the competition] for college undergraduates. It does a great job of explaining and clarifying core concepts and its graphics are decidedly superior. Bright colors jump off the page and captivate readers with useful and insightful information."

-- Adam Butz,

"I am very impressed with Governing States and Localities. It contains up-to-date scholarship on state and local politics and presents material in a highly engaging manner. The organization and writing are excellent."

-- Patricia Freeland

"Governing States and Localities is a great introduction to the fascinating study of state politics and policies. It employs an unpretentious reportorial style and includes interesting examples and illustrations that reflect the amazing diversity of the states as well as their successes and challenges."

-- David H. Folz

"Smith and Greenblatt engage students with their seamless integration of contemporary political and policy issues. Governing States and Localities presents the material in an accessible manner that ensures that students understand the core concepts yet are also challenged to consider more advanced theoretical puzzles."

-- Jennifer Clark

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