Alvin Sokolow

Position Title
Emeritus Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Public Policy, and Governance

  • Community and Regional Development

Interests: Community governance-Policy and politics in small and rural communities, farmland and land use policy, local government finance and organization, state-local relations, California politics and public policy, community leadership, field research

Courses Taught

Qualitative Field Research (CRD 158) - alternate years

Select Publications

California Farmland and Urban Pressures: Statewide and Regional Perspectives (co-editor, with Albert G. Medvitz and Cathy Lemp), Agricultural Issues Center, UC Davis, 1999.

The Changing Property Tax and State-Local Relations, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Vol.28, No. 1, Winter, 1998, pp. 165-187.

Farmland Policy in California's Central Valley: State, County and City Roles, CPS Brief, Vol 9, No 2. California Policy Seminar, UC Berkeley, October, 1997.

"State Rules and the County-City Arena: Competition for Land and Taxes in California's Central Valley," Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Vol. 23, No.1, Winter, 1993, pp. 53-69.

Legislators without Ambition: Why Small-Town Citizens Seek Public Office, State and Local Government Review, Vol 21, No 1, Winter, 1989, pp. 23-30.


Ph.D., Political Science. University of Illinois.