California Crackup

How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It

By Joe Mathews; Mark Paul
(University of California Press, Paperback, 9780520266568, 224pp.)

Publication Date: August 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even a constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it? In "California Crackup," Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and informed answers. Their fast-paced and often humorous narrative deftly exposes the constitutional origins of our current political and economic problems and furnishes a uniquely California fix: innovative solutions that allow Californians to debate their choices, settle on the best ones, hold elected officials accountable for results, and choose anew if something doesn't work.

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