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Politics in States and Communities 15th Edition by Thomas R. Dye, ISBN-13: 978-0205994724

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Politics in States and Communities 15th Edition by Thomas R. Dye, ISBN-13: 978-0205994724

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  • Publisher: Pearson; 15th edition (January 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • 576 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0205994725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205994724

Uses a conflict management theme to illustrate state and community politics.

Politics in States and Communities is distinguished by its focus on politics, its comparative approach, its concern with thorough explanation, its interest in policy, and its focus on conflicts in states and communities. Several themes are carried on throughout the book that emphasize the importance of politics at the state and community level including the “conflict management” theme which emphasizes the sources and nature of conflict in society, how key decision makers act in conflict situations, and how “politicos” emerge and determine “who gets what.”

Politics in States and Communities is distinguished by:

Its focus on politics.

Its comparative approach.

Its concern with explanation.

Its interest in policy.

Its focus is on conflicts in states and communities and the structures and processes designed to manage conflict.

This “conflict management” theme emphasizes the sources and nature of conflict in society, how conflict is carried on, how key decision makers in states and communities act in conflict situations, and how “politicos” emerge and determine “who gets what.” The political conflict management theme guides the discussion of formal governmental structures: federalism, state constitutions, parties and primaries, apportionment, legislative organizations, gubernatorial powers, court procedures, nonpartisanship, mayor and manager government, metropolitan government, community power, school boards and superintendents, tax systems, budget making, and so on.

An equally important theme is that states and communities in America play an important role in the political life of the nation. State and local governments do more than merely provide certain services such as education, road building, and fire protection. They also perform a vital political function by helping to resolve conflicts of interest in American society.

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