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State and Local Politics: Government by the People (15th Edition)

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Slick but superficial

By Joseph A. Harder "coffee drinking papist" - December 18, 2009

The latest edition of State and Local Government: Government By the People, exemplifies what is good-and bad-in most political science textbooks today. Its strengths include a clear writing style , and colorful graphs and illustrations. Every chapter is built around lucidly presented' learning objectives. Then what is wrong with this book?
Sadly, a lot. For one thing, it is much too short and abrupt for a 16 or 17 week course. However, this could be blessing in disguise, as it forces the instructor to be clever. I taught State and Local last year using an edition which had ten chapters. This gave me time to have three movie nights( All Thge Kings Men-1950 version, of course- City Hall and the Great McGinty. and bring in several outside speakers.
However, the latest version is even shorter ( 9 chapters, instead of ten.) Even worse,the omitted material consists of the chapter on, hold on to your hats, FEDERALISM. Leaving federalism out of a discussion of US politics is... read more

Great knowledge read...

By kbdelight - May 11, 2009

State and Local Politics: Government by the People (13th Edition) (MySearchLab Series)

Required college read for my daughter. Very good source for knowledge on local politics... read more

State ane Local Government book review

By Nancy M. Brown - September 29, 2009

I was very happy that this book arrived before the 2 days shipping was up. The books looks brand new and has no highlighting in it. I was very pleased with the pricing. This was a very positive experience.

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