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Texas Politics Individuals Making a Difference

ISBN-10: 0618770194

ISBN-13: 9780618770199

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Nasser Momayezi, W. B. Stouffer, David M. Billeaux, Jos� Angel Guti�rrez, Eric Miller

List price: $184.95
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This dynamic approach to Texas Politics combines a motivational writing style with inspiring chapter-opening vignettes of average citizens who are working to improve the political process in Texas. Popular with students and instructors alike, this theme of individual participation empowers students and encourages citizenship. Also contributing to the text's thematic framework are the view and comparison of Texas as a "megastate" --a large urbanized industrial state. Like California, New York, and Florida, Texas faces certain unique challenges, such as reforming elections and establishing home rule for counties. Texas Politics, 3/e, also features substantial coverage of policy issues, with chapters dedicated to criminal justice, education, social services, and the budget. The Third Edition has been thoroughly updated with current data, examples, and topical discussions.
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List price: $184.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562

Nasser Momayezi is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches American Government, Texas Government, and courses on Constitutional Law.

The Individual and the Megastate How Individuals Make a Difference in Texas Politics Texas: The Largest Megastate
The Diversity of Texas Politics: Land, People, and Cultures The Civic Culture: A New Analytical Model Texas in Context
Megastate Tuition and Fee Revenue as a Percentage of Expenditures
Megastate Index
Sources of Population Change in the Megastates 2000--2004
Chance for Success: Megastates Ranked by Chance-for-Success Score Among All Fifty States
The Megastates Ranked by Civic Culture Index Join the Debate: Should we deport illegal immigrants, punish employers who hire them, and seal the border?
The Texas Constitution Historical Constitutional Development in Texas Texas Constitution Today Criticisms of the Texas Constitution Social Changes and Constitutional Adaptation Texas in Context
Constitutions of the Megastates Join the Debate: Should the Constitution of 1876 be revised?
Texas in the Federal System The American Federal System Intergovernmental Relations and the Constitution Texas in Context
Texas in a System of States and Megastates Join the Debate: Should gun control be left to the states rather than to national government?
Local Government in Texas Why Have Local Government?
What Is Local Government?
General-Purpose Governments in Texas Special-Purpose Governments in Texas Issues in Texas Local Government Texas Local Governments in the Twenty-First Century Texas in Context
Numbers of Local Governments in Megastates Compared to Population
Numbers of Public School Districts in Megastates
Population Changes of Selected Cities in Megastates Join the Debate: Should a city be able to annex an adjacent area without the consent of the residents of that area?
Political Participation and Public Opinion Political Participation and You Seven Participation Strategies Public Opinion Powell's Paradox in Texas Texas in Context
Megastate Percentage of Children Under 18 Years Below Poverty Level Join the Debate: Should the Electoral College be abolished?
Interest Groups Interest Groups, Participation, and Democracy Interest Groups: Problems Interest Groups
Solutions Classifying Interest Groups Three Types of Interest Groups Interest Group Power in Texas Texas in Context
Interest Group Spending on Lobbying
Union Membership in the Megastates and Voter Turnout Join the Debate: Are interest groups beneficial?
Elections and Parties Parties, Elections, and Democracy Political Parties in Texas Texas in Context
Participation in Elections in Megastates (Ranked by Average Turnout in 2004 and 2006)
Party Strength and Gubernatorial Nominations Join the Debate: Should Texas change from a single-member plurality (SMP) voting system to a proportional representation (PR) voting system?
The Texas Legislature Parliamentary Functions of Legislatures Legislative Organization The Legislators Legislative Functions Legislative Process Legislative Support System Texas in Context
Legislative Sessions in the Megastates
Number of Legislators in Megastates and Their Compensation
Professionalization of State Legislatures in the Megastates Join the Debate: Are you in favor of the 140-day biennial regular legislative session?
The Executive Branch of Texas Government Structure of the Executive Branch The Governor Elected Executives Boards and Commissions The Executive Branch and You Texas in Context
Power Rankings for the Megastate Governorships, 2005
Megastate Governors: Salary and Staff
Megastate Executive Branches: Number of Elected Officials Join the Debate: Should the governor be able to appoint judges instead of having voters elect them?
The Texas Court System Judicial Cases in the News The Judicial Process in Texas Contemporary Issues of Tradition and Symbolism "A Jury of One's Peers": Fact or Fiction?
The Texas System of Courts The Courts and Public Policy Judicial Selection Tools for Citizen Input Texas in Context
Postconviction DNA Exonerations Under State Statute
Jury Pay in Megastates
Total Executions by State in 2005 and 2006
Judicial Selection in the Megastates Join the Debate: Should judges be elected or appointed by the governor from a pool of candidates screened by the state bar or another nonpartisan agency?
Criminal Justice Policy The Political Character of Criminal Justice Equal Justice for All?
Texas Prisons: "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"?
How Well Do Incarceration and the Death Penalty Work?
Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice in Texas The Changing Landscape of Criminal Justice in Texas Texas in Context
Megastate Comparisons of Reversal Rates in Death Penalty Cases, 1973-2002
Percentage of Sentence Served by Violent Offenders Released from Prison in 1997
Incarceration and Violent Crime Rate Changes, 1991-2001 Join the Debate: Should Texas place a moratorium on death sentences?
Texas Health and Human Services What Is Poverty?
How Many People Are Poor in Texas?
The Causes of Poverty The Consequences of Poverty What Government Is Doing About Poverty Administration of Social Welfare Programs Texas in Context
Poverty Rates in the Megastates, 2004
Education Levels of Heads of Families with Children Living in Low-Income Households (Below 200% of the Poverty Rate) in the Megastates
Percentage of Children in Low-Income Households by Parent's Highest Educational Attainment Level in the Megastates
TANF Benefits per Month for a Single Parent with Two Children, 2003
Three-Year Average of Low-Income Uninsured Children in the Megastates, 2003-2005 Join the Debate: Should welfare benefits stay low to increase incentives to work?
Education Policy The Political Character of Education Political Issues in Texas Education Policy Key Actors in Educational Politics Texas in Context
Teacher Salaries Adjusted for Cost-of-Living Differences in the Megastates, 2003-2004
Average SAT I Scores for the Top 20 Percent of College-Bound Seniors in the Megastates, 1999
Average Faculty Salary in Public Universities, 2004-2005 Join the Debate: Should creationism be taught alongside the theory of evolution in school science classes?
The Budget Understanding the Budget The Budget-Making Process Appropriations Revenues Evaluating Taxes and Tax Systems Looking to the Future: A Personal Income Tax?
Why a State Personal Income Tax Would Be Hard to Enact Texas in Context
The Heavier Tax Burden of the Working Poor in Texas Join the Debate: Do you favor the idea of trickle-down economics?
Endnotes Credits Glossary Index