State and Local Government,
11th Edition

Ann O'M. Bowman, Richard C. Kearney, Carmine P. F. Scavo

ISBN-13: 9780357367407
Copyright 2022 | Published
576 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Bowman/Kearney/Scavo's STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 11th edition equips you with the knowledge and tools to develop your own well-informed positions on the divisive issues currently facing our nation. This bestseller delivers comprehensive coverage of institutions, political behavior and policymaking at the state and local level and highlights politics at the grassroots level. Thoroughly updated, the new edition includes expansive coverage of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state and local government as well as insight on how local governments are attempting to deal with global climate change.


1. State and Local Government: New Directions.
2. Federalism and the States: Sorting Out Roles and Responsibilities.
3. State Constitutions: The Fundamental Rules of State Government.
4. Citizen Participation and Elections: Engaging the Public in Government.
5. Political Parties, Interest Groups and Campaigns: Influencing Public Policy.
6. State Legislatures: The People's Representatives.
7. Governors: Power, Politics and Executive Leadership.
8. Public Administration: Budgeting and Service Delivery.
9. The Judiciary: Independence vs. Accountability.
10. Local Government: Types and Functions.
11. Local Leadership and Governance: Continuity and Change.
12. State & Local Relations: Fifty Different Systems.
13. Taxing and Spending: Where the Money Comes from and Where it Goes.
14. Economic Development: Competing for Growth.
15. Education Policy: Reading, Writing and Reform.
16. Criminal Justice: Cops and Corrections.
17. Social Welfare and Health Care Policy: Addressing Poverty and Sickness.
18. Environmental Policy: Regulation and Innovation.

  • Ann O'M. Bowman

    Ann O'M. Bowman is a professor and holder of the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she teaches courses in state and local politics and policy, intergovernmental relations, environmental policy and management, and public policy process. Her research interests revolve around questions of institutional change, policy adoption and implementation, and intergovernmental dynamics, and she has published numerous books and articles on these topics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

  • Richard C. Kearney

    Richard C. Kearney retired as professor of political science and public administration at North Carolina State University. His career also included lengthy teaching, research and administrative responsibilities at East Carolina University, the University of Connecticut and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Kearney's research interests include comparative state politics and policy, labor relations and human resource management policy, and he has published prolifically on these and related topics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He lives in Raleigh and Beaufort, North Carolina.

  • Carmine P. F. Scavo

    Carmine P. F. Scavo, Ph.D. is emeritus professor of political science at East Carolina University where he has taught since 1985. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in state and local government, intergovernmental relations, policy analysis, and methodology. His research interests include e-government, homeland security and disaster management, intergovernmental relations, and voting behavior. He has published a number of books and articles on these and other topics in his career.

  • Thoroughly updated, the 11th edition includes extensive coverage of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state and local government health, safety, finance, and electoral politics and policies.

  • Expanded coverage of global climate change includes a new focus on how local governments are attempting to cope with it.

  • Learning objectives are called out within each chapter to help guide and focus students' reading -- maximizing their study time and course success.

  • "It's Your Turn" boxed features in every chapter ask students to thoughtfully consider their positions on divisive issues – helping readers develop their own informed opinions on key matters.

  • All "Controversies in States and Localities" features conclude with critical-thinking questions that spark lively discussions and further personal reflection.

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