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California: Americas High-Stakes Experiment by Peter Schrag 0520244362 9780520244368
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California: Americas High-Stakes Experiment by Peter Schrag

Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of Californias politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden States struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrags incisive analysis of the states political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that Californias ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current solutions exacerbate the very problems theyre supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nations largest state and worlds fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of Californias economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage

Author: Peter Schrag

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 341

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2006-04-20

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