California Politics: The Fault Lines of Power, Wealth, and by Edgar Kaskla

By Edgar Kaskla

California is stuffed with myths and legends, yet its political approach shouldn’t be. during this refreshingly serious take, Edgar Kaskla brings an research of power—how it really is dispensed, the way it is used, and to what end—to undergo on California’s political approach and the various troubling matters it at present faces. ranging from the idea that California is in deep predicament politically, economically, culturally, and environmentally, Kaskla lines the state’s financial and political improvement as a strategy managed through and for the elite, be they land barons, the Hollywood glitterati, or Silicon Valley execs.

Kaskla makes a speciality of what he calls progress computer politics—elites and their land use as promoters of improvement and redevelopment—to convey scholars how the space among the wealthy and terrible in California keeps to widen. As minority groups bring up in dimension, because the price of campaigning within the country balloons, and because the state’s debt drawback mounts, the socio-economic and cultural concerns at play in California upload as much as a true chance to democratic governance. Kaskla truly outlines how all the state’s associations are geared up, but additionally exhibits how they're affected—indeed distorted—by a bunch of significant fiscal and social inequalities.

Not one to mince phrases, Kaskla is in areas irreverent, yet his textual content is carefully researched and good argued, by no means crossing the road into the polemical. Tables, figures, maps, and lists for extra examining support strengthen the book’s substantive issues and significant strategy, and a bunch of scholar and teacher ancillaries support with examine, assessment, and preparation.

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