The Berkeley Public Policy Press (BP3) is the publishing imprint of the Institute of Governmental Studies. BP3 publishes scholarly work on national, state, and local government, politics, public policy, and public administration. IGS authors include faculty, research associates, graduate students, visiting scholars, and colleagues in academic institutions around the world.

IGS publications are edited for a wide-ranging audience that includes academics, elected officials, journalists, and public administrators, as well as the general public. BP3 publishes original research, analysis, essays, and edited volumes.

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William T. Bagley
Publication Date:
2009

"Politics is personal," Bill Bagley likes to say, and here is a personal journey through the politics of America's most extraordinary state. California's Golden Years offers tales of cash-filled envelopes, all-night poker games, and all the free liquor a legislator could drink. But the stories and anecdotes offer more...

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John Decker
Publication Date:
2009

Why is California broke? California in the Balance offers a precise analysis of the Golden State's fiscal condition - from the process used to write the state budget to the reasons for chronic deficits to the possible paths to stability. Here are the details of California's financial woes, laid out step-by-step by one...

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Jack Citrin and Isaac William Martin, editors
Publication Date:
2009

In 1978 California voters shocked the political world by approving Proposition 13, a strict limit on local property tax rates. No state had ever approved such a far-reaching constitutional limitation of the power to tax. And Californians did not just approve it; they embraced it, rejecting dire warnings of doomsday from...

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John Aubrey Douglass, C. Judson King, Iriwn Feller, editors
Publication Date:
2009

Universities have become a widely recognized route to full participation in the knowledge society. They serve as an unparalleled source of knowledge production, a foundation for modern science, an unequaled generator of talent, and a nearly required path for socioeconomic mobility. But how do we build, nurture, and...

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John Abizaid and Michael Scheuer
Publication Date:
2009

John P. Abizaid retired from the United States Army in May 2007, after 34 years of active service. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he rose from infantry platoon leader to become, at that time, the youngest four-star general in the Army. At the time of his retirement he was the...

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John M. Quigley and Larry A. Rosenthal, editors
Publication Date:
2008

Natural disasters are too often viewed as unpredictable and horrendous 'one-off' events. Edited by John Quigley and Larry Rosenthal, this useful collection of essays and research studies takes a systematic look at how private insurers, governments, and the larger economy respond to floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and...

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Bruce E. Cain and Sandra Bass, editors
Publication Date:
2008

California often leads the nation forward. From the tax revolts of the 1970s to the digital revolution of the 1990s, America's largest state has become the proving ground of the national future. Today, California is again showing the way, this time toward a rich diversity that is already spreading to the rest of the...

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Frédérick Douzet, Thad Kousser, and Kenneth P. Miller, editors
Publication Date:
2008

In many ways, recent developments in California politics can be understood best through geography. The formal rules of American politics — such as district-based elections and the Electoral College — make geography crucial to the political process. Where voters live is in many ways as important as how they behave. In...

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Ethan Rarick, editor
Publication Date:
2007

In November of 2005, California voters were ready to terminate Arnold Schwarzenegger as a politician. The state was headed in the wrong direction, Californians told pollsters, and they didn't want to reelect their Hollywood governor. The two most likely Democratic challengers held leads over Schwarzenegger, who had just...

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Mark Steyn
Publication Date:
2007

In a series of three talks, Mark Steyn examines America's role in the world and how it might change. In "Strong Horse, Weak Horse: American Power and World Perception," he begins by talking about how the world views the United States, especially in light of our occasional willingness to use power and our occasional...

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