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Government and Politics in the Lone Star State : Theory and Practice

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Edition:
4th
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9780130340504

ISBN10:
0130340502
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

Reflecting the insights of authors who have written about, taught, or participated in Texas government and politics for over 30 years, this extremely readable book explores Texas government and its relationship to the people it serves and to the federal and local governments that form the American political system. It improves readers' civic literacy, and will start them on a lifelong journey in developing the concepts, skills, and behaviors that will make political and governmental institutions more responsive to their needs, interests and expectations. Chapter topics cover the social and economic milieu of Texas politics; the Texas constitution; intergovernmental relationships; interest groups and power in Texas politics; the mass media; the party system; elections, campaigns, and political behavior; the Texas legislature; the Texas executive; bureaucracy and policy implementation; the judicial system; local government; and contemporary public policy issues in Texas. For anyone who wants a better understanding of the legislative theory and actual practice of state politics and government—especially the citizens of Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
1(32)
Challenges of the 2000s
3(1)
The Myths of Texas's Political Culture
4(4)
The Political Culture of Texas
8(2)
The People of Texas
10(5)
Politics, Race, and Ethnicity
15(1)
Population Growth and Changes
16(1)
The Size and Geographic Diversity of Texas
17(1)
Urban Texas
18(2)
Income, Wealth, and Poverty
20(1)
Education and Literacy
21(1)
The Economy of Texas
22(4)
Economic Regions of Texas
26(3)
Summary and Conclusions
29(4)
The Texas Constitution
33(33)
Constitutionalism
35(1)
The Constitutional Legacy
36(10)
General Principles of the Texas Constitution
46(2)
Weaknesses and Criticisms of the Constitution of 1876
48(3)
Constitutional Change and Adaptation
51(11)
Summary and Conclusions
62(4)
Intergovernmental Relationships
66(29)
Structuring Regional and National Interests
67(1)
Defining Federalism
68(3)
Changing Patterns in Federal Relationships
71(9)
The Impact of Federalism on State Finances
80(2)
Reactions to the Expanded Role of the Federal Government
82(1)
Transnational Regionalism
82(8)
Summary and Conclusions
90(5)
Interest Groups and Power in Texas Politics
95(32)
Interest Groups Defined
98(2)
Interest Groups, Pluralism, and Democratic Theory
100(2)
The Elitist Alternative
102(1)
Hyperpluralism, Policy Subsystems, and Single-Issue Interest Groups
103(1)
Resources of Interest Groups
104(1)
The Dominant Interest Groups in Texas
105(8)
Who Are the Lobbyists?
113(1)
Interest Groups and the Policymaking Process
114(8)
Summary and Conclusions
122(5)
The Mass Media in Texas Politics
127(31)
The Mass Media and the Policy Agenda
128(2)
The Mass Media and the Electoral Process
130(6)
The Mass Media and Public Ethics
136(1)
Guardians of Open Government
137(3)
Media Bias
140(2)
The Development of the Press in Texas
142(7)
The Capitol Press Corps
149(2)
Governmental Public Relations
151(1)
Media and Pack Journalism
151(1)
How Well Informed Are Texas Citizens?
152(2)
Summary and Conclusions
154(4)
The Party System in Texas
158(32)
Political Parties and a Democratic Society
159(1)
Political Parties in Perspective
159(2)
The Functions of Political Parties
161(2)
The Party in the Electorate
163(13)
The Party Organization
176(6)
The Party in Government
182(1)
Third Parties in Texas
183(1)
Why a Two-Party System?
184(1)
Summary and Conclusions
185(5)
Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior
190(32)
The Functions of Elections
191(1)
Characteristics of Texas Elections
192(6)
Political Suffrage in Texas, A Struggle for Minorities and Women
198(4)
Political Gains by Minorities and Women
202(4)
The New Campaign Technology
206(3)
Media and Advertising
209(3)
Money and Campaigns
212(3)
Political Participation
215(3)
Summary and Conclusions
218(4)
The Texas Legislature
222(49)
Legislative Functions
223(1)
Institutionalization of the Texas Legislature
224(1)
The Organization and Composition of the Texas Legislature
225(8)
Representation and Redistricting
233(1)
Legislative Leadership
234(8)
The Committee System
242(4)
Rules and Procedures
246(5)
The Emerging Party System
251(4)
Other Legislative Caucuses
255(1)
Legislators and Their Constituents
256(1)
Legislative Decision Making
257(3)
Legislative Styles
260(1)
The Development of Legislative Staff
261(1)
Legislative Ethics and Reform
262(4)
Summary and Conclusions
266(5)
The Texas Executive
271(39)
A Historical Perspective on the Executive Function in Texas
272(1)
The Structure of the Plural Executive
273(2)
The Qualifications of the Governor
275(3)
Impeachment and Incapacitation
278(1)
The Salary and ``Perks'' of the Office
279(1)
The Powers of the Governor
279(5)
Informal Resources of the Governor
284(3)
Leadership Styles of Recent Texas Governors
287(12)
Other Offices of the Executive Branch
299(7)
Summary and Conclusions
306(4)
The Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation
310(19)
Defining Bureaucracy
311(1)
The Growth of Government in Texas
312(1)
The Bureaucrats and Public Policy
313(3)
Political Control and the Responsiveness of the Bureaucracy
316(5)
Whistleblowing
321(2)
Regulation
323(1)
Merit Systems and Professional Management
324(1)
Summary and Conclusions
325(4)
The Judicial System in Texas
329(41)
State Courts in the Federal System
330(1)
The Legal Framework for the Judicial System
330(1)
The Structure of the Texas Court System
331(6)
Judicial Reform
337(1)
Court Personnel
338(3)
Judicial Procedures and Decision Making
341(2)
A Mixed Selection System
343(1)
Judicial Concerns and Controversies
344(9)
The Difficult Search for Solutions
353(1)
Minority Judicial Appointments
354(3)
Women in the Judiciary
357(1)
Crime and Punishment
358(3)
The Politics of Criminal Justice
361(2)
Increased Policy Role of the State Courts
363(2)
Summary and Conclusions
365(5)
Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts
370(44)
Local Government in the Texas Political System
371(1)
Municipal Government in Texas
372(4)
Forms of City Government in Texas
376(7)
Municipal Election Systems
383(4)
City Revenues and Expenditures
387(1)
Urban Problems in Texas
388(2)
County Government in Texas
390(7)
Criticisms of County Government
397(1)
Special Districts in Texas
397(2)
Independent School Districts
399(3)
Councils of Government
402(1)
Solutions to the Problems of Local Governments
403(5)
Summary and Conclusions
408(6)
Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas
414(37)
The Policy Process
415(4)
The Budgetary Process
419(3)
State Taxes
422(6)
Educational Policies and Politics
428(9)
Criminal Justice
437(4)
Health and Human Services
441(3)
Environmental Problems and Policies
444(3)
Summary and Conclusions
447(4)
Glossary 451(14)
Photo Credits 465(2)
Index 467


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