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California Government and Politics Today (California Government and Politics Today, 8th ed) Paperback – August, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0321005113 ISBN-10: 0321005112 Edition: 8th
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CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY
Twelfth Edition

Mona Field

This lively text offers clear and succinct coverage of California government and politics that will engage and inform students.

Mona Field, the book’s author, is both a college professor and an elected official in California and thus offers a unique insider's view into its political system. The twelfth edition continues the book's long-standing tradition of blending political data with economic, cultural, and demographic trends, analyzing the link between the economy and the political process, and encouraging political activism and the development of students’ own unique political views.

New to the Twelfth Edition

  • "Debating the Issues" boxes promote critical thinking and debate by presenting and drawing students into contrasting views of important political issues facing the state.
  • "Compared to California" boxes highlight unique aspects of the political structures and processes of California by comparing them to the federal system, other states, and other nations. Critical thinking questions stimulate class discussion.
  • "Enjoying Media: Movies to See and Websites to Explore" sections at the end of each chapter list websites, popular films, and documentaries that illuminate various aspects of California’s politics, culture, and history.

www.ablongman.com/field
Visit the text’s companion website–created by the author–for access to an online study guide with chapter-by-chapter learning objectives, practice tests, Web links, and a variety of other learning tools.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: California Government and Politics Today, 8th ed
  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Pub Group; 8th edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321005112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321005113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,183,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eighteenth Letter on March 20, 2006
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Basic, easy to read introduction to the state governemnt and politics. Provides a solid foundation to understanding the current state of politics and how we arrived at this point. Information is providing in interesting and relevant fashion, and is up-to-date with current politics (updated post-recall campaign).
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Having not grown up in California I was always a little in the dark as to how things operated in this State. However, when I picked this book up as part of a Political Science class I found myself much better off.

The book is short, which is really a good thing. Yeah, the author could have droned on about the minute detail of every aspect of California's government and political system, but she didn't. Rather, she laid out, in a concise fashion, an explanation of the governmental and political system in California that gives a person enough knowledge to understand what is going on around them and to make well informed decisions at the ballot box.

I would suggest this book for anyone who wants to be able to spend just a couple hours to understand the California system. This is also a great reference book to keep in the house.

You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John F. Stesney on July 11, 2010
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This book attempts to cover a very broad area in very few pages. As a result, it only hits the high spots of the high spots. The author, whose political experience is as a California Community College trustee, has written a book that is well suited as a text for an introductory survey class but is not very useful for a reader who is interested in the details of state government.
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By Lisa Mireles on February 11, 2015
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saved me about $60, definitely worth it! :)
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