California Politics

California Politics

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California is full of myths and legends, but its political system shouldnaBAD:rsquo;t be. In this refreshingly critical take, Edgar Kaskla brings an analysis of poweraBAD:mdash;how it is distributed, how it is used, and to what endaBAD:mdash;to bear on CaliforniaaBAD:rsquo;s political system and the many troubling issues it currently faces. Starting from the premise that California is in deep crisis politically, economically, culturally, and environmentally, Kaskla traces the stateaBAD:rsquo;s economic and political development as a process controlled by and for the elite, be they land barons, the Hollywood glitterati, or Silicon Valley execs.Kaskla focuses on what he calls growth machine politicsaBAD:mdash;elites and their land use as promoters of development and redevelopmentaBAD:mdash;to show students how the gap between the rich and poor in California continues to widen. As minority communities increase in size, as the cost of campaigning in the state balloons, and as the stateaBAD:rsquo;s debt crisis mounts, the socio-economic and cultural issues at play in California add up to a real threat to democratic governance. Kaskla clearly outlines how each of the stateaBAD:rsquo;s institutions are organized, but also shows how they are affectedaBAD:mdash;indeed distortedaBAD:mdash;by a host of serious economic and social inequalities. Not one to mince words, Kaskla is in places irreverent, but his text is thoroughly researched and well argued, never crossing the line into the polemical. Tables, figures, maps, and lists for further reading help reinforce the bookaBAD:rsquo;s substantive points and critical approach, and a host of student and instructor ancillaries help with study, review, and preparation.1 There is a chronic problem in Californiaa#39;s budget, but it is not spending that has caused it. ... passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 and the other laws that place serious constraints on creating new revenues through taxation and limit the legislature ... The Budget Process, Revenues, and Spending In theory, Californiaa#39;s budget must be balanced. In practice, this is more fiction than reality, although the state did amass substantial budget surpluses beginning in the late 1990s, flush from theanbsp;...

Title:California Politics
Author:Edgar Kaskla
Publisher:C Q Press College - 2008-01-30


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