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Texas Politics Economics, Power, and Policy

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ISBN-10: 0534569978

ISBN-13: 9780534569976

Edition: 7th 2001 (Revised)

Authors: James W. Lamare

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This text uses an economic elite perspective to provide a concise and candid portrayal of traditional Texas politics. A thorough analysis of the state constitution, governmental institutions (the legislature, the executive branch, and the judicial system), and political processes (voting, political parties, and interest groups and lobbying) is included.
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Book details

List price: $217.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
About the Author
Introduction: Political Power in Texas
About Political Power
Pluralism
Economic Elite Theory
Notes
The Context of Contemporary Texas Politics
About Texas
Society and Culture
Population, Race, and Ethnicity
Religion
Economic Status
Politics
The Texas Constitution
Feelings about Government
Political Participation
Conclusion
Notes
The Texas Economy
Recent Economic Times
Energy
Oil and Natural Gas
Petrochemicals
Pipelines
Electric and Gas Companies
Alternative Sources of Energy
Nuclear Problems
Service Firms
Agriculture
ExxonMobil and Texas
The King Ranch
Financial Institutions
New Horizons
High Tech
Free Trade
Other Economic Leaders
Cohesion in the Texas Economy
Social Ties
Economic Ties
Conclusion
Notes
Access to Political Decision Makers in Texas: Elections and Lobbying
Elections and Political Parties in Texas
Texas Elections
Elected Officials in Texas
Types of Elections
Voter Eligibility
Voter Turnout
Party Organization
Precinct Conventions
County Conventions
State Convention
Party Leadership
The Challenges of Low Voter Turnout
Party Competition
Limits on Competition
Reapportionment and Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering
At-Large Elections
Ideological Similarity
The Case of Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel
Jim Hightower: The Political Rise and Fall of a Liberal Icon
La Raza Unida
Minor Parties
Ross Perot and Ballot Access
Business Influences and Candidate Recruitment
Conclusion
Notes
Economic Influences: Campaign Contributions and Lobbying
Campaign Contributions
Sources of Funds
Direct Lobbying
Personal Contact
Lobbying and Former House Speaker Gib Lewis
Supplying Research
Grassroots Lobbying
Effectiveness
Conclusion
Tobacco and Lobbying
Notes
Political Institutions
The Legislature
Composition
Eligibility
Background of the Membership
Compensation
Assistance
Procedures
Standing Committees
Floor Action
Conference Committees
Scheduling Constraints
Powers of the Legislative Leadership
Economic Elites and the Legislative Leadership
Conclusion
Notes
The Executive Branch
Background
Elected Executives
The Governor
The Attorney General
The Comptroller of Public Accounts
The Commissioner of the General Land Office
The Commissioner of Agriculture
The State Board of Education
The Railroad Commission
Appointed Administrators
The Economic Elite and the Executive Branch
Conclusion
Notes
Justice and the Judiciary
The Texas Court System
Texas Courts
Jurisdiction
Characteristics of the Court System
Judicial Selection
Social Background
The Criminal Justice System
Poor Texans and the Justice System
Money and Justice in Texas
The Wealthy and the Justice System
Conclusion
Notes
Public Policy in Texas
Revenues and Expenditures
Revenues
Beneficiaries of the Tax Structure
Expenditures
Education
Public School Finance in Texas: A Tortuous History
Welfare
Highways
Conclusion
Notes
Government Regulation: Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Consumer Protection, and Labor
Natural Resources
Oil and Natural Gas
Texas Government and the Regulation of Oil
Coal, Lignite, and Uranium
The Railroad Commission Takes On an Energy Company
Electricity
Water
Pollution
Regulation of Air Pollution: The Early Days
Financial Institutions
Banks
Insurance
Savings and Loan Associations
The Vernon Savings and Loan Disaster
Consumer Protection
Labor
Working Conditions and Wages
Labor Unions
Farmworkers
Undocumented Immigrants
Conclusion
Notes
Local Politics and the Economically Powerful in Texas
Local Politics
Local Government: Organization, Authority, and Funding
Legal Basis of Local Government
Structure of Local Government
Functions and Powers of Local Government
Funding Local Government
Citizen Participation
Economic Influence at the Local Level
Corporate Links to Local Politics
Policy Outputs from Local Governments
Political Change at the Local Level
Conclusion
Notes
Epilogue: Texas Politics: A Note on Change
A Recapitulation
Implications for Political Change
Fundamental Change
Nonfundamental Change
Note
Index