POL 2010: American State and Local Government


American State and Local Government contains an introduction to state and local governments in the United States. This course is designed to acquaint students with the structures and functions of state and local governments and how political decisions are made at these levels.


  1. Explain the nature of politics.
  2. Describe the political process in local government.
  3. Define the major benefits and drawbacks of Federalism.
  4. Analyze the differences between liberal and conservative ideology in the states.
  5. Assess how major policy responsibilities vary among different state and local governments, to include economics, immigration, and civil liberties.
  6. Summarize the methods and processes of changing state laws or constitutions.
  7. Contrast the varied systems of government and bureaucracy found among the state and local levels.




Politics in states and communities (Rev: 15th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Dye, T. R., & MacManus, S. A.
ISBN: 9780205994724
Price: $104.65

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