With an emphasis on policy and active learning, Texas Government: Policy and Politics is a popular and accessible text that is sure to engage students in Texas politics. Known for its exceptionally accessible and comprehensive coverage of the major aspects of Texas government and politics, this text is a complete teaching and learning package for students with little or no background in political science or Texas politics. It employs an emphasis on policy throughout the book, helping to make material relevant to students' lives. The author is known for his ability to provide statistical detail in an extremely lucid, non-intimidating way and his often humorous, insightful critique of Texas government. The seventh edition is thoroughly updated to include new information on topics such as controversy on school funding, campaign finance from the 2000 election, an overview of the 2002 elections, and so much more. At only 13 chapters, Tannahill's text is perfect for a 15-week semester, giving instructors and students no more and no less than they need for the average semester.
Introduction: The Policymaking Process.
1. The People Economy, and Political Culture of Texas.
2. The Texas Constitution.
3. The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking.
4. Political Participation.
5. Interest Groups.
6. Political Parties.
8. The Texas Legislature.
9. The Executive Branch.
10. The Judicial Branch.
11. City Government.
12. Counties, School Districts, and Special Districts.
13. State Budget Policy.