Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9½
978-1-5381-3614-0 • Hardback • February 2020 • $82.00 • (£63.00)
978-1-5381-3615-7 • Paperback • February 2020 • $41.00 • (£32.00)
978-1-5381-3616-4 • eBook • February 2020 • $39.00 • (£30.00)
Peverill Squire holds the Hicks and Martha Griffiths Chair in American Political Institutions at the University of Missouri.
Gary Moncrief is University Foundation Professor of Political Science at Boise State University.
Chapter 1: Making a Case for the States
Chapter 2: States and the Federal System
Chapter 3: State Fiscal Systems
Chapter 4: The Policymaking Environment in the States
Chapter 5: The Policymaking Capacity of State Governments
Chapter 6: Public Policy and the Role of the States in a Changing Federal System
Chapter 7: States and Their Local Governments
Chapter 8: Elections and Political Parties
Chapter 9: Why States Matter Now
About the Authors
[T]he best of the state and local texts. And it's not particularly close.
— Dave Claborn, Howard Payne University
Why States Matter is an accessible and engaging introduction to state politics using a comparative approach. The authors incorporate research and current events to explain state politics and policymaking. The text outlines the important role of states in US policymaking while also highlighting the issues and challenges facing state governments.
— Jaclyn Kettler, Boise State University
Why States Matter is a clear, engaging text that helps students understand the central role states play in politics and citizens’ lives. Both more approachable and more substantive than a traditional undergraduate textbook, Why States Matter will draw students in and help them to better appreciate the role of states.
— Nicole Shoaf, Missouri Southern State University