Governing States and Localities

Governing States and Localities

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The recession-era days of state reliance on the federal government are waning. States and localities are increasingly assertive in seeking independence from Washingtona€™s policy priorities. Kevin Smith and Alan Greenblatta€™s proven text employs a comparative approach to show how the geography, history, political culture, institutional structures, economic underpinnings, and demographics of states and localities both clash and converge in comprehensible, telling ways. Why does one state pass stricter gun control standards while another loosens them? What are the implications of state legalization of marijuana when the federal government still calls it illegal? Governing States and Localities provides students with the tools to begin answering these questions. The Fifth Edition features extensive updating on such major developments as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the education debate over the Common Core State Standards, and the implications for residents when localities succumb to bankruptcy.At the heart of state merit systems are civil service rules, which spell out how employees of public agencies are to be ... a firefighter or social worker or whatever, then part and parcel of the application or promotion process is a test designed toanbsp;...

Title:Governing States and Localities
Author:Kevin B. Smith, Alan Greenblatt
Publisher:CQ Press - 2015-02-23


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