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224.1 sec. 1 - California Government: The State Constitution in Practice (Fall 2013)
"California Government: The State Constitution in Practice"

Instructor: David A. Carrillo  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Douglas Woods  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 136

Course Start: August 21, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49536


This seminar combines issues of state constitutional law, politics, and public policy to understand the practical reality of California government. The course will examine state constitutional dilemmas in the process of California government and ways in which the state constitution affects and constrains state government, in three broad categories: powers of and interaction between branches of state government, election law and the initiative process, and the state budget and public finance. Rather than asking theoretical constitutional design questions, this course surveys the realities of state government as it presently exists and examines the practical issues that arise in the current system.

Any student interested in constitutional law, public policy, good governance, politics, and local government should consider this course.

Readings will be from the state constitution, selected case decisions, advocate pleadings, and applicable commentary. There are no books to purchase for this course. Readings that are not available on Westlaw or Lexis will be posted on the course bspace page.

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Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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