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Texas Government, Policy and Politics

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Edition:
8th
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9780321202826

ISBN10:
0321202821
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

This lucid, lively, and completely up-to-date introduction to politics and government in Texas is a must read for anyone wishing to better understand this influential state on the national scene. The People, Economy, and Political Culture of Texas;The Texas Constitution; The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking; Political Participation in Texas; Interest Groups; Political Parties; Elections; The Texas Legislature; The Executive Branch; The Judicial Branch; City Government; Counties, School Districts, and Special Districts; State Budget Policy; Criminal Justice. Anyone interested in Texas politics.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction The Policymaking Process 1(1)
Learning Objectives
1(1)
The Stages of the Policymaking Process
2(7)
Learning Exercise: Applying the Policymaking Model to a Current Policy Issue
6(3)
The Dynamics of the Policy Process
9(2)
Texas Online: Texas Crime Victim Rights
11(1)
Why Study Texas Government?
11(2)
Textbook Organization
13(1)
Review Questions
13(1)
Key Terms
14(1)
Notes
14(1)
The People, Economy, and Political Culture of Texas
15(20)
Learning Objectives
15(2)
The People of Texas
17(5)
Texas Online: Exploring Texas
20(2)
The Texas Economy
22(5)
Learning Exercise: The Texas Economy
27(1)
Political Culture
27(4)
National Perspective: Civil Unions in Vermont
30(1)
Conclusion: The Socioeconomic Context of Policymaking
31(2)
Getting Involved: Volunteering
32(1)
Review Questions
33(1)
Key Terms
33(1)
Notes
33(2)
Texas Constitution
35(26)
Learning Objectives
35(2)
State Constitutions
37(2)
Getting Involved: Joining a Student Club or Organization
38(1)
Background of the Texas Constitution
39(4)
Constitutional Convention of 1875
43(2)
Overview of the Texas Constitution
45(2)
Texas Online: The Texas Constitution Online
46(1)
Constitutional Change
47(8)
Learning Exercise: Predicting Amendment Success
51(3)
National Perspective: Constitutional Revision in Alabama
54(1)
Civil Liberties and the Texas Constitution
55(1)
Conclusion: The Constitutional Context of Policymaking in Texas
56(2)
Review Questions
58(1)
Key Terms
58(1)
Notes
58(3)
The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking
61(22)
Learning Objectives
61(2)
Role of the States in the Federal System
63(2)
National Perspective: Drilling for Oil in Alaska
64(1)
States, the Courts, and the Constitution
65(4)
Getting Involved: Contacting Your Representative in Washington, D.C.
68(1)
States and Federal Law
69(2)
Federal Grant Programs
71(7)
Texas Online: The Texas Office of State-Federal Relations
72(5)
Learning Exercise: Texas in the Federal System
77(1)
Conclusion: The Federal Context of Policymaking in Texas
78(2)
Review Questions
80(1)
Key Terms
80(1)
Notes
80(3)
Political Participation
83(22)
Learning Objectives
83(2)
Voting Rights and Minority Participation
85(5)
Participation in Texas Politics
90(10)
Texas Online: Online Voter Registration
91(3)
National Perspective: Mail Voting in Oregon
94(4)
Learning Exercise: Participation Interview
98(2)
Conclusion: Participation and Policymaking
100(3)
Getting Involved: Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar
101(2)
Review Questions
103(1)
Key Terms
103(1)
Notes
104(1)
Interest Groups
105(24)
Learning Objectives
105(2)
Interest Groups in Texas Politics
107(10)
Texas Online: Texas Interest Groups
112(2)
Getting Involved: Joining a Group
114(3)
Interest Group Tactics
117(6)
National Perspective: Campaign Contribution Limits in Minnesota
120(3)
Learning Exercise: Group Political Action
123(1)
Conclusion: Interest Groups and Policymaking
123(3)
Review Questions
126(1)
Key Terms
126(1)
Notes
127(2)
Political Parties
129(26)
Learning Objectives
129(2)
The Party System
131(1)
Party Organization
131(5)
National Perspective: Minor Parties in New York
132(4)
Texas Online: Political Parties in Texas
136(1)
History of the Texas Party System
136(4)
The Party Balance
140(1)
Voting Patterns
141(1)
Interest Group-Political Party Alliances
142(1)
Issue Orientation
143(5)
Learning Exercise: Party Platforms and Support Groups
144(4)
The Impact of Partisan Change
148(2)
Getting Involved: Volunteer to Support Your Political Party
149(1)
The Future of Party Politics in Texas
150(1)
Conclusion: Political Parties and Policymaking
151(2)
Review Questions
153(1)
Key Terms
153(1)
Notes
154(1)
Elections
155(32)
Learning Objectives
155(1)
The Long Ballot
156(1)
Types of Elections
157(8)
National Perspective: The Open Primary in Louisiana
163(2)
Election Districts
165(1)
Redistricting
166(7)
Learning Exercise: Do-It-Yourself Gerrymandering
170(3)
Money
173(3)
Texas Online: Follow the Money
175(1)
Campaigns
176(1)
The Voters Decide
177(4)
Getting Involved: Campaigning
181(1)
Conclusion: Elections and Policymaking
181(2)
Review Questions
183(1)
Key Terms
183(1)
Notes
184(3)
The Texas Legislature
187(32)
Learning Objectives
187(2)
Structure
189(2)
Membership
191(5)
Organization
196(6)
National Perspective: Repealing Term Limits in Idaho
197(5)
The Legislative Process
202(6)
Texas Online: Tracking Legislation Online
207(1)
Legislative Policymaking
208(6)
Learning Exercise: Know Your Legislators
212(2)
Getting Involved: Contacting Your State Legislators
214(1)
Conclusion: The Legislature and the Policymaking Process
214(1)
Review Questions
215(1)
Key Terms
216(1)
Notes
216(3)
Executive Branch
219(30)
Learning Objectives
219(2)
The Governor
221(11)
Getting Involved: Forming a Study Group
222(10)
The Executive Bureaucracy
232(10)
Learning Exercise: Profile of a State Agency
236(3)
Texas Online: The Textbook Debate
239(1)
National Perspective: Electricity Deregulation in California
240(2)
Politics and Administration
242(4)
Conclusion: The Executive Branch and the Policymaking Process
246(1)
Review Questions
247(1)
Key Terms
247(1)
Notes
247(2)
Judicial Branch
249(28)
Learning Objectives
249(1)
Types of Legal Disputes
250(2)
Court Procedures
252(2)
The Texas Court System
254(7)
Learning Exercise: Small Claims Court in Action
257(3)
Texas Online: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
260(1)
Judges
261(2)
Judicial Selection
263(7)
National Perspective: Drug Courts in Florida
269(1)
Conclusion: The Judicial Branch and the Policymaking Process
270(3)
Getting Involved: Volunteer to Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate
271(2)
Review Questions
273(1)
Key Terms
273(1)
Notes
274(3)
City Government
277(32)
Learning Objectives
277(3)
Legal Status of Texas Cities
280(2)
Forms of City Government
282(5)
Election Systems
287(4)
National Perspective: Municipal Elections in New York City
289(2)
Public Policies in Texas Cities
291(11)
Learning Exercise: Profile of a City Government
292(7)
Texas Online: Texas Cities
299(3)
City Politics in Texas
302(3)
Getting Involved: Contacting City Officials
303(2)
Conclusion: City Government and Policymaking
305(1)
Review Questions
305(1)
Key Terms
305(1)
Notes
306(3)
Counties, School Districts, and Special Districts
309(32)
Learning Objectives
309(2)
County Government
311(12)
Texas Online: Counties Online
318(4)
National Perspective: Local Government Consolidation in Indiana
322(1)
School Districts
323(11)
Getting Involved: Helping a Child Learn
331(1)
Learning Exercise: Comparing School Districts
332(2)
Special Districts
334(3)
Conclusion: Local Government and Public Policy
337(1)
Review Questions
338(1)
Key Terms
338(1)
Notes
339(2)
State Budget Policy
341(38)
Learning Objectives
341(2)
Revenues
343(14)
Texas Online: Sales Tax Information Online
345(4)
National Perspective: The HOPE Scholarship in Georgia
349(8)
Expenditures
357(9)
Getting Involved: Appealing a Property Appraisal
364(2)
The Budget Process
366(5)
Learning Exercise: Trends in State Finance
371(1)
Conclusion: Budgetary Policymaking
371(4)
Review Questions
375(1)
Key Terms
376(1)
Notes
376(3)
Glossary 379(10)
Photo Credits 389(2)
Index 391


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