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Michigan Government, Politics, and PolicyJohn S. Klemanski and David A. Dulio, editors 2017
As the state continues to deal with many of these challenges, Michiganders more than ever need a clear picture of how their state's political institutions, actors, and processes work. To that end, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of Michigan's politics and government that will help readers better understand the state's history and its future prospects. Chapters elucidate the foundational aspects of the state's government (the Michigan Constitution and intergovernmental relations); its political institutions (the state legislature, governor, and court system); its politics (political parties and elections); and its public policy (education, economic development, and budget and fiscal policy). The book's four themes—historical context, decline, responses to challenges, and state-local government relations—run throughout and are buttressed by coverage of recent events. Moreover, they are brought together in a compelling chapter with a particular focus on the Flint water crisis.
An ideal fit for courses on state and local government, this thorough, well-written text will also appeal to readers simply interested in learning more about the inner workings of government in the Great Lakes State.