The California Republic: Institutions, Statesmanship, and Policies

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Brian P. Janiskee, Ken Masugi
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 368 páginas
Even before its budget crisis and recall election, California held a unique position in the United States. Often lauded as having the fifth largest economy in the world, California leads the nation in other measures as well, particularly cultural and political trends. But were it an independent state, it would have one of the world's most unusual democracies. In The California Republic Brian P. Janiskee and Ken Masugi bring together a diverse group of contributors to shed light on the Progressive nature of California government. In addition to thorough treatment of perennial issues like affirmative action, gun control, and education, the work goes outside the conventional understanding of political issues to examine such topics as the Hollywood western, the electronic media, and California's revolutionary founding. Accordingly, the contributors include not only political scientists and historians, but journalists and political activists as well. The result is a clear exploration of the evolution of Progressive government in California and its contemporary policy consequences.
 

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Popular Sovereignty the Right of Revolution and California Statehood
3
Nature and Convention in the Creation of the 1849 California Constitution
33
California and the Seventeenth Amendment
67
Progressivism Direct Democracy and the Administrative State
97
Institutions
125
The Rise and Fall of the California Legislature
127
California Governors Hiram Johnson and Gray Davis
135
The Progressive Court
145
Nixon California and American Politics
219
Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Modern California
237
Affirmative Action and Proposition 209
257
John Ford and Sam Peckinpah on the Defense of the Heroic
265
California Farming in a Classical Context
279
The Politics of California Public Education
291
Privately Owned Firearms in California
297
Californias Political Mass Media
311

ClearCut or Ambiguous?
155
Local Government
161
The Problem of Local Government in California
163
Local Government Finance in California
179
The California Tax Revolt
187
Statesmanship
197
Californias Hiram Johnson
199
An EPIC Legacy
317
Water Water Everywhere and Nary a Drop to Drink
325
Bibliography
333
Index
349
About the Contributors
365
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Brian P. Janiskee is assistant professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. Ken Masugi is the director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute.

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