Please see the list below for your required readings and viewings for the course. You can find the journals by logging into the APUS library and searching the title. They are also available to you in the lessons section of the course by clicking on the Reading and Resources tab each week.
Week One - Intro to State and Local Government
Government 101: State Governments
State Government Employment: Totals by Job Type: 1960-2016 (n.d.) Governing. Retrieved from http://www.governing.com/gov-data/public-workforce-salaries/state-government-employment-by-agency-job-type-current-historical-data.html
Maciag, Mike. (2017) The States Cutting Their Government Workforce. Governing. Retrieved from
McCarthy, J. (2016). Americans still more trusting in local over state government. Gallup Poll News Service.
Heidbreder, B. (2016). Change and continuity in the study of state and local governance: A conversation with Ann Bowman. State and Local Government Review, 48(1), 63-71. doi:10.1177/0160323X16631020
Perlman, B. J. (2015). Trust and timing: The importance of relationship and opportunity for interlocal collaboration and agreements. State and Local Government Review, 47(2), 116-126. doi:10.1177/0160323X15587984
Gooden, S. T., & Rissler, G. E. (2017). Local government: Social equity “First responders”. State and Local Government Review, 49(1), 37-47. doi:10.1177/0160323X17720268
Governing from the Ground Up: How Local Government Really Works. Brookings Institute. Please watch the video at https://www.brookings.edu/events/governing-from-the-ground-up-how-local-government-really-works/
To see an example of one state government site, see Ohio.gov at http://www.ohio.gov/government/state/ You can find yours on some of the website links listed next.
Additional resources – Please review these resources and explore the tabs. You are encouraged to use them in your forums as well.
State and Local on the net
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Governors Association
National League of Cities
National Association of Counties
International City/County Management Association
Council of State Governments
National Center for State Courts
National Association of Towns and Townships
US Conference of Mayors
The Library of Congress State Government Information
USA.gov Local Governments
Week Two – Federalism
Metzger, G. E. (2015). AGENCIES, POLARIZATION, AND THE STATES. Columbia Law Review, 115(7), 1739-1787. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/docview/1761431728?accountid=8289
Keevey, R. F. (2015). All Government Debt Is Not the Same: Different Problems Require Different Responses. Public Administration Review, 75(6), 793-794. doi:10.1111/puar.12447
Weinstein-Tull, J. (2016). Election law federalism. Michigan Law Review, 114(5), 747 - 801.
Week Three - Elections and Political Parties
Gimpel, J. G., Lee, F. E., & Parrott, M. (2014). Business interests and the party coalitions: Industry sector contributions to U.S. congressional campaigns. American Politics Research, 42(6), 1034-1076. doi:10.1177/1532673X14525832
Hamilton, L. C., & Saito, K. (2015). A four-party view of US environmental concern. Environmental Politics, 24(2), 212-227. doi:10.1080/09644016.2014.976485
Gurian, P., Burroughs, N., Atkeson, L. R., Cann, D., & Haynes, A. A. (2016). National party division and divisive state primaries in U.S. presidential elections, 1948-2012. Political Behavior, 38(3), 689-711. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1007/s11109-016-9332-1
Milita, K. (2015). Election laws and agenda setting: How election law restrictiveness shapes the complexity of state ballot measures. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 15(2), 119-146. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/docview/1689570041?accountid=8289
Election law - partisan gerrymandering - district court offers new standard to hold Wisconsin redistricting scheme unconstitutional. (2017). Harvard Law Review, 130(7), 1954 - 1961.
Week Four - Governors and the Legislature
Lewis, D. C., Schneider, S. K., & Jacoby, W. G. (2015). Institutional characteristics and state policy priorities: The impact of legislatures and governors. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 15(4), 447-475. doi:10.1177/1532440015586315
Hennessey, J. (2014). Loss of control: Legislature changes and the state-local relationship. Constitutional Political Economy, 25(4), 407-433. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1007/s10602-014-9174-y
Uppal, Y., & Glazer, A. (2015). legislative turnover, fiscal policy, and economic growth: Evidence from U.S. state legislatures. Economic Inquiry, 53(1), 91-107. doi:10.1111/ecin.12118
Cooper, C. A., Knotts, H. G., & Ragusa, J. (2016). The constrained governor. Political Research Quarterly, 69(3), 482-494. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1177/1065912916652504
Joaquin, M. E., & Myers, N. G. (2015). Accountability, learning, and response amid fiscal crisis. Administration & Society, 47(8), 1015-1037. doi:10.1177/0095399714532270
Week Five – State Courts
Judicial Learning Center
State Courts vs. Federal Courts
Please take the challenge on each page and continue to click through all the links to end on the Impartial Federal Judiciary video. Please watch it as well. Finish with the Judicial Independence quiz.
Comparing Federal and State Courts
US Legal. State Courts
Leib, E. J. (2015). Local judges and local government. New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, 18(4), 707 - 739.
Greenblatt, Alan. (2016) Does Size Matter? The Latest Battle Over State Supreme Courts. Governing. Retrieved from http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-georgia-arizona-supreme-court-expansion.html
Frost, A. (2015). Inferiority complex: Should state courts follow lower federal court precedent on the meaning of federal law? Vanderbilt Law Review, 68(1), 53-103. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/docview/1658779121?accountid=8289
Thumma, S. A. (2017). One day in the life of one STATE COURT APPELLATE JUDGE. The Judges' Journal, 56(2), 14-17. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/docview/1894907568?accountid=8289
Hartmus, D. M., & Walters, J. (2016). Municipal bankruptcy and local court funding: What we can learn from the city of Detroit, Michigan. Justice System Journal, 37(2), 144-156. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy1.apus.edu/10.1080/0098261X.2015.1084900
Week Six – Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Boschken, H. L. (2017). Aligning a multi-government network with situational context: Metropolitan governance as an organizational systems problem. The American Review of Public Administration, 47(2), 189-208. doi:10.1177/0275074016668402
Homsy, G. C., & Warner, M. E. (2015). Cities and sustainability: Polycentric action and multilevel governance. Urban Affairs Review, 51(1), 46-73. doi:10.1177/1078087414530545
Wogan, J.B. (2017) Population Growth Means a City is Thriving: Or Does It? Governing. Retrieved from http://www.governing.com/topics/urban/gov-population-city-growth-thriving.html
Albino, V., Berardi, U., & Dangelico, R. M. (2015). Smart Cities: Definitions, Dimensions, Performance, and Initiatives. Journal of Urban Technology, 22(1), 3-21. doi:10.1080/10630732.2014.942092
Smith, Egan, PE,P.T.O.E., P.T.P. (2017). Smart cities and communities. Institute of Transportation Engineers. ITE Journal, 87(2), 36-38. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/docview/1874710603?accountid=8289
Dameri, R. P., & Benevolo, C. (2016). Governing smart cities: An empirical analysis. Social Science Computer Review, 34(6), 693-707. doi:10.1177/0894439315611093
Week Seven – Decision Making and Civil Servants
Barrett, Katherine, Greene, Richard. (2017) The Rise of the COO in State Government. Governing. Retrieved from
Boateng, J., & Cox,Raymond W., I.,II. (2016). Exploring the trust question in the midst of public management reforms. Public Personnel Management, 45(3), 239-263. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1177/0091026016658030
Hamidullah, M. F., Riccucci, N. M., & Pandey, S. K. (2015). Women in city hall: Gender dimensions of managerial values. The American Review of Public Administration, 45(3), 247-262. doi:10.1177/0275074013498464
Lukensmeyer, C. J. (2017). Civic tech and public policy decision making. PS, Political Science & Politics, 50(3), 764-771. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1017/S1049096517000567
Huang, W., & Feeney, M. K. (2016). Citizen participation in local government decision making: The role of manager motivation. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 36(2), 188-209. doi:10.1177/0734371X15576410
Kelman, S., Sanders, R., & Pandit, G. (2016). 'I Won't Back Down?' Complexity and Courage in Government Executive Decision Making. Public Administration Review, 76(3), 465-471. doi:10.1111/puar.12476
Avery, E. J., Graham, M., & Park, S. (2016). Planning Makes (Closer to) Perfect: Exploring United States' Local Government Officials' Evaluations of Crisis Management. Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management, 24(2), 73-81. doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12109
Hall, J. L. (2017). PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. Public Administration Quarterly, 41(1), 43-66. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/docview/1871486263?accountid=8289
Week Eight – Privatization and Taxation
Hertel-Fernandez, A., & Skocpol, T. (2015). Asymmetric interest group mobilization and party coalitions in U.S. tax politics. Studies in American Political Development, 29(2), 235-249. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1017/S0898588X15000085
Lobao, L., Adua, L., & Hooks, G. (2014). Privatization, business attraction, and social services across the united states: Local governments’ use of market-oriented, neoliberal policies in the post-2000 period. Social Problems, 61(4), 644-672. doi:10.1525/sp.2014.12180
Wang, J., & McFadden, E. S. (2016). The absence of social equity measurement in municipal service privatization: Are residents feeling dumped on? State and Local Government Review, 48(1), 21-29. doi:10.1177/0160323X15624474
Mitchell, M., & Stratmann, T. (2015). A tragedy of the anticommons: Local option taxation and cell phone tax bills. Public Choice, 165(3-4), 171-191. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy2.apus.edu/10.1007/s11127-015-0302-7
Rahm, D., Farmer, J. L., & Fields, B. (2016). The eagle ford shale development and local government fiscal behavior. Public Budgeting & Finance, 36(3), 45-68. doi:10.1111/pbaf.12078
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.