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Texas Politics

ISBN-10: 1111833060
ISBN-13: 9781111833060
Edition: 12th 2013
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Description: TEXAS POLITICS is a comprehensive text written by acclaimed Texas educators that critically compares Texas government and politics to the concepts of democratic theory by using three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Boxed  More...

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Book details

List price: $213.95
Edition: 12th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

TEXAS POLITICS is a comprehensive text written by acclaimed Texas educators that critically compares Texas government and politics to the concepts of democratic theory by using three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Boxed features in every chapter make the text more engaging by providing human examples of more theoretical issues, including a "You Decide" box where students can consider the pros and cons of important topics. Lively presentation of material encourages students to consider controversial issues and debates. More policy coverage and new treatment of "Lone Star Media" keep this book cutting edge.

James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University (TCU). A native of Denton, he has taught American politics, with interests in Texas politics, Congress, and the presidency, at TCU since 1982. An award-winning teacher, his publications include the co-edited PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY (Greenwood Press, 1995), winner of the Aaron Wildavsky book award. A frequent consultant to the news media concerning politics and elections, he also serves as a question leader and a faculty consultant to the College Board's AP U.S. Government exam.

Preface
About the Authors
The Context of Texas Politics
Introduction
Texas History: A Chronology
The Earliest Days
Anglo-American Colonization
Revolution
Early Statehood
Post-Civil War Texas
The Late Nineteenth Century
The Early Twentieth Century
Wars and Depression
Post-World War II Texas
Gradual Political Change
Late-Twentieth-Century Texas
Modern Times
Texas as a Democracy
Texas and American Federalism
Texas in the International Arena
The Texas Political Culture
Economy, Taxes, and Services
The People of Texas
The Census
The Political Relevance of Population
The Plan of This Book
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Constitutional Setting
Introduction
Purposes of Constitutions
Legitimacy
Organizing Government
Providing Power
Limiting Governmental Power
Texas Constitutions
The Present Texas Constitution
General Features
Specific Features
Constitutional Revision
Overview of the Need for Reform
Recent Reform Efforts
Constitutional Politics
Something for Everyone
The Political Process
Summary
Glossary Terms
Interest Groups
Introduction
Interest Groups
Definition
Classification
Interest Groups in the Political Process
Lobbying
Who Are the Lobbyists?
What Lobbyists Do and How They Do It
Regulation of Lobbying
Major Interest Groups in Texas
Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Doctors
Lawyers
The Christian Right
Organized Labor
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Teachers
Conclusion
Summary
Glossary Terms
Political Parties
Introduction
Ideology
Conservatism
Liberalism
Ideology in Texas
Political Socialization
Family
Schools and Churches
Media
Evaluation
Interests
Texas Political Parties: A Brief History
Functions of Political Parties
Party Organization
The Temporary Party Organization
Permanent Party Organization
The (Un)Importance of Party Organization
Two Parties, Three Factions (or Perhaps Four)
Republicans
Conservative Democrats
Liberal Democrats
The Uncertain Future of the Democratic Party
Third Parties in Texas
Summary
Glossary Terms
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Introduction
Voting
Why Vote?
Suffrage
Registration
Texas Turnout
Government by the People?
Why Don t Texans Vote?
The Consequences of Nonvoting
Election Campaigns
Campaign Resources
Negative Campaigning
Public Elections
Primary Elections
General Elections
Special Elections
Absentee or Early Voting
Recent Elections in Texas
Elections of 1994 through 2004
Election of 2006
Election of 2008
Election of 2010
Conclusion
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Texas Legislature
Introduction
Functions of Legislative Bodies
Structure of the Legislature
Size, Elections, and Terms
Sessions
Legislative Districts
Party and Factional Organization
Compensation
Membership Characteristics
Formal Qualifications
Personal Characteristics
Experience and Turnover
Legislative Officers and Committees
Presiding Officers
Legislative Committees
Legislative Staff
Powers of the Presiding Officers
Procedural Powers
Institutional Powers
Limits on Presiding Officers
How a Bill Becomes a Law in Texas
Step One: Introduction and Referral
Step Two: Committee Action
Step Three: Floor Action
In the House: Steps One through Three Repeated
Step Four: Conference Committee
Step Five: The Governor
Legislative Dynamics
Handicaps
Changing Alignments
Nonlegislative Lawmaking
Evaluation and Suggested Reforms
Legislative Structure
Legislative Process
Conclusion
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Governor
Introduction
Basic Structure of the Governor's Office
Election
Term of Office
Tenure
Impeachment and Succession
Compensation
Staff and Organization
Qualifications for Governor
Formal Qualifications
Personal Characteristics
Roles of the Governor and Limits on Those Roles
Formal Roles and Limitations
Chief Executive
Chief Legislator
Commander in Chief/Top Cop
Chief of State
Chief Intergovernmental Diplomat
Informal Roles and Limitations
Chief of Party
Leader of the People
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Administrative State
Introduction
State Administrative Agencies
Agencies with Elected Executives
Agencies with Appointed Executives
Boards and Commissions
Big Government: How Did It Happen?
Postwar Growth
1980 On
Characteristics of Bureaucracy
Traditional Characteristics
Modern Characteristics
Bureaucratic Survival Techniques
Sources of Bureaucratic Power
Bureaucratic Involvement in the Policymaking Process
What Happens to the Public Interest?
Bureaucratic Orientation
Overstepping the Law
Harnessing the Administrative State
How Much Accountability to the Chief Executive?
How Much Accountability to the Legislature?
How Much Accountability to the Public?
Is There Accountability?
Suggested Reforms
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Judiciary
Introduction
The Myth of the Nonpolitical Judiciary
The Players in the System of Justice
The Attorney General (AG)
Lawyers
The State Bar of Texas
The Court System
Municipal Courts
Justice Courts
County Courts
State Trial Courts: The District Courts
Intermediate State Appellate Courts: The Courts of Appeals
Highest State Appellate Courts
Juries
Grand Juries
Trial Juries
Police
Removal and Reprimand of Lawyers and Judges
Issues Facing the Texas Judiciary
Too Much Crime, Too Many Criminals
Judicial Selection
Equal Justice?
Summary
Glossary Terms
The Substance of Justice
Introduction
Civil Liberties
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
A Right to Keep and Bear Arms?
Abortion
Civil Rights
School Segregation
Education: A Basic Right?
Civil Rights in Modern Texas: Jasper and Tulia
Civil Rights for Convicted Criminals
Capital Punishment
Torts and Tort Reform
Conclusion
Summary
Glossary Terms
Local Government
Introduction
Counties: One Size Fits All?
Historical and Legal Background
Organization and Operation of County Government
County Politics
An Evaluation of County Government
Cities: Managed Environments
Organization of City Government
City Politics
Special Districts: Our Hidden Governments
What Is a Special District?
Why Special Districts?
Assessment of Special Districts
School Districts
Local Government: Prospects for the Future
Finance
Other Issues
Leadership in Local Government
Summary
Glossary Terms
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
Introduction
The Texas Economy
Heart of the Economy
Boom and Bust
Creating a Favorable Business Climate
Where Does the Money Come From?
Collection and Administration
Nontax Sources of Revenue
Taxation
The Tax Burden in Texas
Who Benefits?
Contemporary Issues
Where Does the Money Go?
Planning and Preparation
Authorization and Appropriations
Execution/Spending
Summary
Glossary Terms
Public Policy-People
Introduction
Poverty, Welfare, and Health Care
Poverty in Texas
The Players and the Major Programs
Recent Policy Developments
Analysis
Education Policy
Education Reform
Nontraditional Education Proposals
Texas Textbooks and Curricula
Texas Higher Education
Analysis
Conclusion
Summary
Glossary Terms
Public Policy-Resources
Introduction
Water Supply
Urban Dwellers versus Farmers
Private Property Rights versus State Regulation
Economic Development versus Environment
Interbasin Transfers and Dam-Building
Energy Supply
Sources of Energy
The Politics of Energy in Texas
Protecting the Environment
NIMBY and YBNIIMP
Texas and Environmental Protection
Public Policy and Private Interests
The Problems Continue
Transportation
The Costs of the Internal Combustion Engine
Which Way Transportation Policy?
Summary
Glossary Terms
Notes
Glossary
Index

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