By Rodney E. Hero

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81 The chapters proceed as follows. Before turning to the application and assessment of the social diversity interpretation, it is first placed in perspective relative to other ideas and approaches regarding state politics. Drawing on and supplementing other works, I provide a summary and overview of perspectives on state politics and policy (chapter 2). Then, political institutions and processes are examined relative to social diversity (chapter 3). Existing measures of several aspects of politics and political processes are considered.

25 Peterson asserts that city and state governments are more or less willing to spend money on public programs based on the type of program or policy involved; they tend to embrace some policies and avoid others. S. political system: federalism and capitalism. Capitalism implies that private economic activity is to be relatively unregulated. But to the extent that regulation is permitted, federalism provides that the national (federal) government, not the states, has the major power to regulate interstate commerce.

Ethnic and racial characteristics form the basis of significant political conflict in many states" (emphasis added). " Gray notes that another large and rapidly growing minority group is the Hispanic or Latino population. " Latinos differ from blacks, however, in that they, and Asians, have been the targets THE SOCIAL DIVERSITY INTERPRETATION 29 of measures to make English the official language in a number of states. "21 Gray's comments about the importance of immigrants and minorities are, clearly, consistent with the thesis developed in this book.

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