California is full of myths and legends, but its political system shouldnat be. In this refreshingly critical take, Edgar Kaskla brings an analysis of powerahow it is distributed, how it is used, and to what endato bear on Californiaas 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 stateas 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 politicsaelites and their land use as promoters of development and redevelopmentato 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 stateas 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 stateas institutions are organized, but also shows how they are affectedaindeed distortedaby 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 bookas substantive points and critical approach, and a host of student and instructor ancillaries help with study, review, and preparation.Beginningwiththe success of CamdenYards in Baltimore, therehas been a frenzyof stadium/arena construction throughoutthe country, ... In California, renovations anda lucrative ticket salespackage fortheNational Football League ( NFL)team Chargers led baseballa#39;s ... The atraditionala hub of growth has beenthe constructionof public institutions, such as the expansion of the University ofCalifornia system.
|Title||:||California Politics: The Fault Lines of Power, Wealth, and Diversity|
|Publisher||:||CQ Press - 2007-07-02|