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POLI SCI 171: California Politics: Getting Oriented

This guide provides resources for the PS171 initiative case study and term paper assignments.

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Books on Reserve

Course texts are available on reserve for 2-hour checkout.

Boom and Bust: the Politics of the California Budget, Jeff Cummins. 

California Crackup, Joe Matthews and Mark Paul
Also available online:

California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach, Larry Gerston and Terry Christensen, 12th edition

Game Changers: twelve elections that transformed California, Steve Swatt with Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally; foreword by Bruce E. Cain

Governing California, 3rd edition, edited by Ethan Rarick

State of resistance, Manuel Pastor

The Third House: Lobbyists, Money, and Power in Sacramento, Jay Michael and Dan Walters

IGS Intro

Moses Hall, UC BerkeleyThe Institute of Governmental Studies Library is on the first floor of Moses Hall. The library collection dates back to 1919 and includes more than 400,000 volumes. The library is a depository for California local government documents and is known for its resources related to California ballot measures. 
Location: 109 Moses Hall

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

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