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Texas Government : Policy and Politics

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780321044976

ISBN10:
0321044975
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2000
Publisher(s):
ADDISON WESLEY LONGMAN INC

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Summary

Provides an accessible up-to-date introduction to Texas politics with an emphasis on policy that helps students see the impact state government has on their lives. Softcover. DLC: Texas--Politics and government--1951-.

Table of Contents

Preface x
Introduction The Policymaking Process 1(420)
Learning Objectives
1(1)
The Stages of the Policymaking Process
2(7)
Texas Online: Voices from Death Row
3(4)
Learning Exercise: Applying the Policymaking Model to a Current Policy Issue
7(2)
The Dynamics of the Policy Process
9(2)
Why It Is Important to Study Texas Government
11(1)
Organization of This Textbook
12(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
13(1)
Key Terms
13(1)
Notes
13(2)
The People, Economy, and Political Culture of Texas
15(20)
Learning Objectives
15(2)
The People of Texas
17(6)
Texas Online: Forces of Change
21(2)
The Texas Economy
23(6)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
28(1)
Political Culture
29(3)
Learning Exercise: Political Culture
30(2)
Conclusion: The Socioeconomic Context of Policymaking
32(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
33(1)
Key Terms
33(1)
Notes
33(2)
The Texas Constitution
35(24)
Learning Objectives
35(2)
State Constitutions
37(2)
The Background of the Texas Constitution
39(2)
The Constitutional Convention of 1875
41(3)
Overview of the Texas Constitution
44(2)
Texas Online: The Texas Constitution Online
44(2)
Constitutional Change
46(8)
Learning Exercise: Predicting Amendment Success
49(5)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
54(1)
Civil Liberties and the Texas Constitution
54(2)
Conclusion: The Constitutional Context of Policymaking in Texas
56(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
56(1)
Key Terms
57(1)
Notes
57(2)
The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking
59(23)
Learning Objectives
59(1)
The Role of the States in the Federal System
60(1)
States, the Courts, and the Constitution
61(3)
States and Federal Law
64(3)
Federal Grant Programs
67(6)
Texas Online: Rating Your U.S. Representative
70(3)
Federal Money and Texas
73(4)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
73(3)
Learning Exercise: Texas in the Federal System
76(1)
The States as Policy Innovators
77(1)
Conclusion: The Federal Context of Policymaking in Texas
78(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
79(1)
Key Terms
80(1)
Notes
80(2)
Political Participation
82(24)
Learning Objectives
82(2)
Texas Online: Initiative and Referendum Webpage
84(1)
Voting Rights in Texas and Minority Participation
84(9)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
93(1)
Participation in Texas Politics
93(10)
Learning Exercise: Election Precincts
96(7)
Conclusion: Participation and Policymaking
103(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
104(1)
Key Terms
104(1)
Notes
104(2)
Interest Groups
106(23)
Learning Objectives
106(2)
Texas Online: Debating Tort Reform
108(1)
The Growing Interest-Group Universe
108(1)
Why Some Groups Are Stronger than Others
109(1)
Why Is the Information in this Chapter Important to Know?
110(1)
Interest Groups in Texas
110(9)
Interest-Group Strategies
119(5)
Learning Exercise: Group Political Action
124(1)
Conclusion: Interest Groups and Policymaking
124(2)
What Is Your Opinion?
126(1)
Key Terms
127(1)
Notes
127(2)
Political Parties
129(36)
Learning Objectives
129(2)
The Party System
131(1)
Party Organization
131(6)
Texas Online: Political Parties in Texas
137(1)
Third Parties
137(1)
History of the Texas Party System
137(7)
The Party Balance
144(3)
Voting Patterns
147(7)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
148(6)
Learning Exercise: Congressional Districts
154(1)
Issue Orientation
154(4)
The Impact of Partisan Change
158(1)
The Future of Party Politics in Texas
159(1)
Conclusion: Political Parties and Policymaking
160(2)
What Is Your Opinion?
162(1)
Key Terms
163(1)
Notes
163(2)
Elections
165(35)
Learning Objectives
165(1)
The Long Ballot
166(2)
Types of Elections
168(6)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
169(5)
Election Districts and Redistricting
174(7)
Texas Online: Don't Miss the Next Election---Register to Vote!
175(5)
Learning Exercise: Do It Yourself Gerrymandering
180(1)
Election Campaigns
181(12)
The Voters Decide
193(3)
Conclusion: Elections and Policymaking
196(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
196(1)
Key Terms
197(1)
Notes
198(2)
The Texas Legislature
200(33)
Learning Objectives
200(1)
Structure
201(4)
Membership
205(5)
Organization
210(6)
Why Is the Information in this Chapter Important to Know?
212(4)
The Legislative Process
216(6)
Learning Exercise: Know Your Legislators
218(4)
Legislative Policymaking
222(7)
Texas Online: Identifying Your Legislators
227(2)
Conclusion: The Legislature and the Policymaking Process
229(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
230(1)
Key Terms
231(1)
Notes
231(2)
The Executive Branch
233(34)
Learning Objectives
233(2)
The Governor
235(12)
Texas Online: The Governor's Homepage
238(9)
The Executive Bureaucracy
247(10)
Why Is the Information in this Chapter Important to Know?
248(3)
Learning Exercise: Profile of a State Agency
251(6)
Politics and Administration
257(6)
Conclusion: The Executive Branch and the Policymaking Process
263(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
264(1)
Key Terms
265(1)
Notes
265(2)
The Judicial Branch
267(29)
Learning Objectives
267(1)
Types of Legal Disputes
268(2)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
270(1)
Courts and the Federal System
270(2)
Court Procedures
272(1)
The Texas Court System
273(9)
Learning Exercise: Small Claims Court in Action
276(5)
Texas Online: Texas Courts
281(1)
Judges
282(9)
Conclusion: The Judicial Branch and the Policymaking Process
291(3)
What Is Your Opinion?
294(1)
Key Terms
294(1)
Notes
295(1)
City Government
296(31)
Learning Objectives
296(1)
The Legal Status of Texas Cities
297(3)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
298(2)
Forms of City Government
300(6)
Election Systems
306(2)
Public Policies in Texas Cities
308(14)
Texas Online: Texas Cities
318(3)
Learning Exercise: Local Issues
321(1)
City Politics in Texas
322(2)
Conclusion: City Government and Policymaking
324(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
324(1)
Key Terms
325(1)
Notes
325(2)
Counties, School Districts, and Special Districts
327(32)
Learning Objectives
327(1)
County Government
328(12)
Texas Online: Counties Online
336(4)
School Districts
340(11)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
347(4)
Special Districts
351(4)
Learning Exercise: Using Online Resources to Compare Texas Communities
353(2)
Conclusion: Local Government and Public Policy
355(2)
What Is Your Opinion?
357(1)
Key Terms
357(1)
Notes
357(2)
State Budget Policy
359(32)
Learning Objectives
359(2)
Revenues
361(13)
Texas Online: Tax Information Online
363(6)
Learning Exercise: The Incidence of Taxation
369(5)
The State Budget
374(2)
Funding Public Services
376(5)
The State Budget Process
381(4)
Conclusion: The Determinants of Budgetary Policy
385(2)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
385(2)
What Is Your Opinion?
387(1)
Key Terms
388(1)
Notes
388(3)
Criminal Justice
391(30)
Learning Objectives
391(1)
Crime Statistics
392(4)
Criminal Prosecution Process
396(7)
Texas Online: Criminal Justice Policy Papers
396(7)
Capital Punishment
403(4)
Why Is the Information in This Chapter Important to Know?
404(1)
Learning Exercise: Research Designs and the Death Penalty
405(2)
Criminal Appeals
407(3)
Juvenile Justice
410(1)
Corrections
411(5)
Conclusion: Policy Options
416(1)
What Is Your Opinion?
417(1)
Key Terms
418(1)
Notes
418(3)
Glossary 421(9)
Credits 430(1)
Index 431


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