Glenn and I are planning to include a chapter on California. Is the golden state a Great Power? We think so for a couple of reasons. First, if it were a country, California would rank in the top 10 in terms of raw GDP, world-leading industries (Hollywood, Silicon Valley), and even firepower thanks to military bases in San Diego alone. Second, it gets at the very nature of the USA, which is more a union of states than a nation (check the Constitution: the word nation doesn’t appear).
We’ve found some good essays about the California budget crisis, but would appreciate more. Any suggestions for papers or reports with hard numbers?
Our reading so far includes the failure of Governor Brown to make significant pension reform happen as of yesterday (see the LA Times) and this nice essay by Sara Glakas that pointed us to a Pew study on the “state dysfunction scale” (where California sets standard). Hoover assembled an interesting task force on the topic as well but I cannot find the link just now. Will try to update after getting your comments. Thanks!