Governing States and Localities

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Governing States and Localities, Seventh Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Governing States and Localities by Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


The trusted and proven Governing States and Localities guides students through the contentious environment of state and local politics and focuses on the role that economic and budget pressures play in issues facing state and local governments. With their engaging journalistic writing and crisp storytelling, Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt employ a comparative approach to explain how and why states and localities are both similar and different.

The Seventh Edition is thoroughly updated to account for such major developments as state versus federal conflicts over immigration reform, school shootings, and gun control; the impact of the Donald Trump presidency on intergovernmental relations and issues of central interest to states and localities; and the lingering effects of the Great Recession.


We gratefully acknowledge Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Carolyn Morgan and Alicia Fernandez for developing the ancillaries on this site.