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Cultures of the States: A Handbook on the Effectiveness of State Governments

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Beschreibung

Cultures of the States: How Effective Are State Governments? is a study of the effectiveness of states in the United States in dealing with governance problems. It includes a summary ranking of all states and problems profile for each state on 15 governance factors, plus a database of more than 700 tables of statistical information in which every state is ranked on each of the 700 variables, along with a historical interpretation.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Part 1 Preface Part 2 1. Culture Part 3 2. Power Part 4 3. Tax Factors Part 5 4. Crime and Punishment Factors Part 6 5. Mortality Factors Part 7 6. Health Factors Part 8 7. Education Factors Chapter 9 8. Economic Factors Part 10 9. SUMMARY Factor and Problems Profiles Part 11 10. Race and Gender Part 12 11. Cultures of the States: Conclusions Part 13 Appendixes Chapter 14 A. Minnesota: Cold Sunbelt by Ted Kolderie Chapter 15 B. Methodology: Words and Numbers Chapter 16 C. Tables and Factors That Comprise SUMMARY Chapter 17 D. Tables on Race, Gender, and Death Chapter 18 E. Tables for Other Comparisons Chapter 19 F. Factual Information about the Civil War Chapter 20 G. Rankings of the States Chapter 21 H. References and Sources Part 22 About the Authors

Portrait

Jack Frymier has been a public school teacher, administrator, university professor, and researcher, and is currently professor emeritus at The Ohio State University. Arliss L. Roaden is a professional consultant on higher education and educational assessment following his retirement as Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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An excellent study that provides extensive analysis not found in other similar state rankings volumes. Highly recommended. All collections and useful for citizens, students, and policy makers. CHOICE The massive amount of data organized in a very accessible way is a treasure trove for policymakers, researchers, and administrators...recommended for college libraries with statistical collections. American Reference Books Annual On a personal note, I must say that the recently written book, Cultures of the States, is a handy resource for policy makers, for researchers, for those who might like to know more about the effectiveness of state governments. Differences in how welive in the various states across this country are revealed. Arrays of statistical data and clear facts provide candid pictures of the states of America. Not only are there differences in how we live and in the state governments that shape our lives,but significant regional differences exist as well. In an obvious way, we Americans know this, but in a more precise way, we remain uninformed. This book does it. Answers can be found on every page. And, many of these findings turn out to be complete surprises to the unprepared reader. We know that life in the south is different, as it is in the north, and in the far west. Until we thumb through the book, we discover how little we knew about the cultural differences that truly exist across these United States. The book accounts for much of this by taking us through significant moments in our history, a storied and dramatic history it is. Current data and facts that surprise the reader can be found on every page. How different is the south from t -- Charles M. Galloway, Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education, University of North Florida This volume raises important questions and illuminates the historically neglected area of state governments. States are the linchpins of our ever-changing federal system. If we are to formulate more effective public policy in realms like education, welfare and health, citizens must have a greater understanding of the culture and governmental capacities of their states. This volume is a notable contribution to enhancing such understanding and has important implications for policymakers and citizens in every state in the nation. -- Michael D. Usdan, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Educational Leadership It is nearly impossible to understand the problems and practices of a state without at the same time knowing the elements, which often appear unrelated, that make up the culture of that state. As but one example, when a state has low levels of educational achievement by the persons who live within its boundaries, the it is common to find that the citizens of the state in question also practice poor habits of health, drive their automobiles unsafely, and engage in other behaviors that cause problems that public policymakers are continuously faced with addressing. The authors ofCultures of the States: How Effective Are State Governments? have put together a vast compendium of data that should be exceedingly helpful to decision makers in understanding the complexities of the issues they face. -- Richard A. Boyd, Former Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Over the years most of the books I've seen ranking states or cities have not been quite satisfactory. Partly this is because most rested on pretty shaky ground. Their authors didn't always think carefully in picking measures of "good" and measures of "bad." Surveys of this sort made good reading locally but produced rankings that were sometimes pretty silly. This book is different. The authors take all the indices that could find, rank these, then step back to look at the results before trying to interpret what they see. I've now given my copies to the people working most seriously on the future of Minnesota, in state government and in the private sector. My state comes out well, but Minnesota has serious challenges, too. The rankings show what we need to hold and what we need to work on. -- Ted Kolderie Cultures of the States: How Effective Are State Governments? is a fascinating new book. Jack Frymier and Arliss Roaden have produced a book of merit for a broad audience. It is an insightful approach to understanding states better both internally as well as comparatively. Having lived in four stats and traveled all of the rest, I found myself flipping the pages quickly, drawing comparison, and applying my own criteria of authenticity. The volume will be of value to public officials at all levels as they pursue interest in their own states and become intrigued with the cultures of others. It is of worth, too, to businesses considering location decisions and employees in the process of determining where they would like to raise families. Researchers may find the methodology valuable because of its reliance on public sector data sources and the application of syntheses to summarize information from a broad range of databases. New questions arise about the relationship between patterns of public investment and the values of state leaders expressed over generations of decisions at state and local levels. The authors have been successful in delivering on their commitment to neutrality. They do not judge cultures as good or bad but provide information which provokes readers to think about states in judgmental terms if they choose to do so. -- Luvern L. Cunningham, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University On a personal note, I must say that the recently written book, Cultures of the States, is a handy resource for policy makers, for researchers, for those who might like to know more about the effectiveness of state governments. Differences in how we live in the various states across this country are revealed. Arrays of statistical data and clear facts provide candid pictures of the states of America. Not only are there differences in how we live and in the state governments that shape our lives, but significant regional differences exist as well. In an obvious way, we Americans know this, but in a more precise way, we remain uninformed. This book does it. Answers can be found on every page. And, many of these findings turn out to be complete surprises to the unprepared reader. We know that life in the south is different, as it is in the north, and in the far west. Until we thumb through the book, we discover how little we knew about the cultural differences that truly exist across these United States. The book accounts for much of this by taking us through significant moments in our history, a storied and dramatic history it is. Current data and facts that surprise the reader can be found on every page. How different is the south from the north? The answer: considerably different. Clearly, this is a book that causes you to pause and to ponder the elusive question of how we got the way we are, and how we arrived at our current condition. States differ in their support of education, in their divorce rates, in their taxation rates, and in their varying governance policies, to name a few. These differences among the states, as well as corresponding regional differences, are considerable. Can we know more about the differences? Yes. A handy reference is available? This book is a useful source of information about state governments and about the populations they serve. This recently authored book, proves that it can serve as a handy reference, and as a source book for discovering the facts about th -- Charles M. Galloway, Professor of Educational Leadership, College of Education, University of North Florida I am aware of the importance of political issues and I am also aware of the difficulties involved in attempting to find accurate collated data. I know of no resource more pertinent to the health of our nation thanCultures of the States: A Handbook on the Effectiveness of State Governments. Not only did I find it important as a citizen, I found it particularly important as a potential candidate for State office. -- F. Karl VanDevender, M.D., The Frist Clinic This book has a variety of uses. It presents a comprehensive overview of each state and the differences between states. It can also be used as a reference work to locate specific information on hundreds of variables about each state. The analysis of the historical events that contributed to the differences is compelling and interesting. The book will appeal to a wide group of readers, including educators, policy makers, sociologists, political scientists, and journalists. This book is significant due to the methodology that was used. All of the data was in the public domain. The authors mined this data and compiled it in original form. The massive amount of data, organized in this very accessible way, is a treasure trove for policy makers and researchers. Data can be extremely valuable to policy makers, however, isolated bits of data can be misleading.Cultures of the States: How Effective Are State Governments? should be a primer for all state legislators because it includes comprehensive data on each state in one collection. Therefore, readers can see the "whole" picture. Finally, this book is significant because it reaches a compelling conclusion. The authors have a unique ability to view the world in an unorthodox way that often challenges the status quo. In this book, the phrase "states rights" is synonymous with "states abandonment of citizens" or "states abdication of responsibility." Whether you agree with the authors' analysis, you can't help by view the role of state government in a new way after reading this book. -- David L. Clinefelter, Chief Academic Officer, Kaplan College, Davenport, Iowa
EAN: 9780810847682
ISBN: 081084768X
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SCARECROW PRESS INC
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 424 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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