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California Politics: The Fault Lines of Power, Wealth, and Diversity
California Politics: The Fault Lines of Power, Wealth, and Diversity by Edgar Kaskla 087289276X 9780872892767
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California Politics: The Fault Lines of Power, Wealth, and Diversity by Edgar Kaskla

California is full of myths and legends, but its political system shouldnt be. In this refreshingly critical take, Edgar Kaskla brings an analysis of power-how it is distributed, how it is used, and to what end-to bear on the Golden States political system and the many troubling issues it currently faces. Starting from the premise that California is in a deep political, economic, cultural, and environmental crisis, Kaskla traces the states economic and political development as a process controlled by and for the elite, be they land barons, Hollywood glitterati, or Silicon Valley execs. Kaskla focuses on what he calls growth machine politics-elites and their land use as promoters of development and redevelopment-to show how the gap between rich and poor in California continues to widen. As minority communities grow, the cost of campaigning balloons, and the states debt crisis mounts, the socioeconomic and cultural issues confronting California pose a real threat to democracy. While outlining how each of the states institutions developed over time and currently are organized, Kaskla also shows how they are affected and, frankly, distorted by a host of serious economic and social inequalities. In the tradition of writers who dare to speak truth to power, Kaskla is uncompromising, opinionated, irreverent, and even funny. This thought-provoking text is a far cry from the traditional staid depiction of California government and politics. Book jacket.

Author: Edgar Kaskla

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 147

Publisher: CQ Press

Publication Date: 2007-07-01

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