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The Beholden State California's Lost Promise and How To Recepature It

By Brian C. Anderson
Roman and Littlefield / City Journal 2013 ISBN: 9781442223431

About the Book

California is at a tipping point. Severe budget deficits, unsustainable pension costs, heavy taxes, cumbersome regulation, struggling cities, and distressed public schools are but a few of the challenges that policymakers must address for the state to remain a beacon of business innovation and economic opportunity. City Journal has for years been cataloging the political and economic issues of our nation's largest metropolitan areas, and in this collection compiled and introduced by City Journal editor Brian C. Anderson, the cracks in California's flawed policy plans are displayed in detail, and analyzed by a diverse set of experts in the state's design. While there is plenty of literature on California’s history, topography, and attractions, The Beholden State: California's Lost Promise and How to Recapture It is the first book examining in rigorous detail how a place seen just a generation ago as the dynamic engine of the American future could, through bad policy ideas, sink into some of the highest unemployment rates and poorest educational outcomes in the country. The book is as thoroughly analytical as it is pragmatically prescriptive, complete with policy solutions mapping the way forward for a struggling state.



Power to 'We the People', Alan Wallace, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8-10-13
Detroit's Bankrupt. Is California Next?, Ian Tuttle, National Review Online, 8-2-13
The Beholden State and Its Potemkin Economic Recovery, Steven Hayward, Powerline, 7-18-13
California: Golden State Is Now 'The Beholden State', Editorial, Investor's Business Daily, 7-16-13
Making the 'Beholden State' Golden Again, Ben Boychuk, The Sacramento Bee, 7-13-13
Book Rips Into State, Labor Unions For Old Economic Woes, Sacramento Business Journal, 7-12-13
The Beholden State - How Government Unions Have Burdened California Taxpayers, Steven Malanga,, 7-9-13
Morning Buzz, Kevin Roderick, LA Observed, 6-27-13
Book Bits, The Capital Spectator, 6-21-13
Anatomy of Decline, Troy Senik,, 6-18-13
Is California Doomed?, Andrew Klavan,, 6-17-13


Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart with Trish Regan" interviewed Steven Malanga, 7-2-13


850 AM KOA’s “The Mike Rosen Show” will interview Ben Boychuk on 7-25-13
Cumulus Media’s “The Larry Kudlow Show” will interview Steven Malanga on 7-20-13
KUHL AM 1400's "The Andy Caldwell Show" interviewed Brian Anderson, 7-17-13
KRLA's "The Dennis Prager Show" interviewed Brian Anderson and Steven Malanga, 7-17-13
KKSF 910 AM's "The Bob Zadek Show" will interview Steven Greenhut, 7-14-13
KABC 790 AM's "The John Phillips Show" interviewed Brian Anderson, 7-12-13
The Ricochet Podcast interviewed Brian Anderson, 7-11-13
KPCC 89.3 FM's "Air Talk with Larry Mantle" will interview Heather Mac Donald, 7-5-13
Radio America's "The Roger Hedgecock Show" interviewed Brian Anderson, 7-2-13
790 KABC-AM's "The Doug McIntyre Show" interviewed Brian Anderson, 7-1-13


July 18, 2013 | San Francisco, CA
Pacific Research Institute & City Journal Forum
Panelists:: Steven Malanga, City Journal Senior Editor, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, Columnist; Steven F. Hayward, Ph.D., Pacific Research Institute Senior Fellow, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy William Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor; Ben Boychuk, City Journal California Associate Editor
Welcoming Remarks: Sally Pipes, President, Pacific Research Institute
Moderator: Brian C. Anderson, Ph.D., City Journal Editor


City Journal Editor Brian C. Anderson discusses how to save America's largest state in "The Beholden State: California's Lost Promise and How to Recapture It."

City Journal's Heather Mac Donald discusses the challenges facing public order and higher education in "The Beholden State: California's Lost Promise and How to Recover It."

Senior Editor Steven Malanga previews "The Beholden State: California's Lost Promise and How to Recover It," the latest book from City Journal.