America's State Governments: A Critical Look at Disconnected Democracies (Hardcover)

America's State Governments: A Critical Look at Disconnected Democracies By Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg Cover Image
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This timely and important new work takes a critical look at government in the American states and illustrates the disconnect between state government institutions and their constituents. The text illuminates three basic political problems of state governments: weak constitutional and institutional foundations; a lack of civic engagement; and long histories of unchecked public corruption. In addition, the book explains why some states did and others did not respond promptly to the COVID-19 pandemic and examines America's long-standing problem of police and prosecutorial misconduct-providing a context for understanding the demonstrations and protests that rocked American cities in the summer of 2020. For students and citizens of state politics, the book concludes with a proposal aimed at civic literacy and action

About the Author

Jennifer Bachner is Director of the Program in Data Analytics and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367468484
ISBN-10: 0367468484
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 24th, 2020
Pages: 196
Language: English