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Texas Government : Policy and Politics

by
Edition:
9th
ISBN13:

9780321414663

ISBN10:
0321414667
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

This lively introduction to Texas government and politics offers an extremely readable writing style and an abundance of useful study aids in every chapter to make the material accessible to students of every level. Emphasizing public policy throughout, it shows students the impact that government has on their lives, thus making the material relevant and engaging. To further engage students, each chapter features an active learning exercise and, in the Eighth Edition, new "Getting Involved" boxes that encourage civic participation. This insightful and sometimes humorous critique of Texas government has been thoroughly updated to include coverage of the 2003 legislative session, recent issues in the state, and much more.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Introduction The Policymaking Process 1(1)
Learning Objectives
1(1)
The Stages of the Policymaking Process
2(7)
The Dynamics of the Policy Process
9(2)
Why Study Texas Government
11(1)
Textbook Organization
12(1)
Review Questions
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(4)
Internet Research: Foreign-Born Residents
20(1)
The Texas Economy
21(6)
Political Culture
27(2)
National Perspective: Legal Prostitution in Nevada
28(1)
Conclusion: The Socioeconomic Context of Policymaking
29(4)
Getting Involved: Volunteering
30(1)
Let's Debate: Is Illegal Immigration Good or Bad For Texas?
31(2)
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(3)
Constitutional Convention of 1875
42(3)
Overview of the Texas Constitution
45(2)
Internet Research: The Freedom of Worship Provision of the Texas Constitution
45(2)
Constitutional Change
47(5)
Individual Rights and the Texas Constitution
52(3)
National Perspective: Gay Marriage in Massachusetts
53(2)
Conclusion: The Constitutional Context of Policymaking in Texas
55(2)
Let's Debate: Gay Marriage
56(1)
Review Questions
57(1)
Key Terms
58(1)
Notes
58(3)
The Federal Context of Texas Policymaking
61(22)
Learning Objectives
61(1)
Role of the States in the Federal System
62(3)
National Perspective: Drilling for Oil in Alaska
64(1)
States, the Courts, and the Constitution
65(3)
Getting Involved: Contacting Your Representative in Washington, D.C.
67(1)
States and Federal Law
68(3)
Federal Grant Programs
71(6)
Internet Research: Profile of a Grant
76(1)
Conclusion: The Federal Context of Policymaking in Texas
77(3)
Let's Debate: Does Texas Law Restrict Access to Abortion Too Much or Not Enough?
78(2)
Review Questions
80(1)
Key Terms
80(1)
Notes
81(2)
Political Participation
83(24)
Learning Objectives
83(3)
Voting Rights and Minority Participation
86(4)
Participation in Texas Politics
90(10)
National Perspective: Mail Voting in Oregon
93(5)
Internet Research: Tracking Election Turnout
98(2)
Conclusion: Participation and Policymaking
100(4)
Getting Involved: Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar
101(1)
Let's Debate: Would the Adoption of the Initiative Process Enhance the Quality of Democracy in the State?
102(2)
Review Questions
104(1)
Key Terms
104(1)
Notes
104(3)
Interest Groups
107(24)
Learning Objectives
107(2)
Interest Groups In Texas Politics
109(10)
Internet Research: Profile of an Interest Group
113(3)
Getting Involved: Joining a Group
116(3)
Interest Group Tactics
119(3)
National Perspective: Campaign Contribution Limits in Minnesota
122(2)
Conclusion: Interest Groups and Policymaking
124(4)
Let's Debate: Would Public Funding of Elections Enhance the Quality of Democracy in the State?
127(1)
Review Questions
128(1)
Key Terms
129(1)
Notes
129(2)
Political Parties
131(28)
Learning Objectives
131(1)
The Party System
132(2)
National Perspective: Minor Parties in New York
133(1)
Party Organization
134(3)
History of the Texas Party System
137(4)
Internet Research: Political Parties in Texas
138(3)
The Party Balance
141(2)
Voting Patterns
143(1)
Interest Group-Political Party Alliances
144(1)
Issue Orientation
145(5)
The Impact of Partisan Change
150(1)
Getting Involved: Volunteer to Support Your Political Party
150(1)
The Future of Party Politics in Texas
151(2)
Conclusion: Political Parties and Policymaking
153(3)
Let's Debate: Do Religious Conservatives Have Too Much Influence in the Texas Republican Party?
154(2)
Review Questions
156(1)
Key Terms
157(1)
Notes
157(2)
Elections
159(34)
Learning Objectives
159(2)
The Long Ballot
161(1)
Types of Elections
162(7)
National Perspective: The Open Primary in Louisiana
167(2)
Election Districts
169(1)
Redistricting
170(8)
Internet Research: Legislative Districts and State House Elections
177(1)
Money
178(3)
Campaigns
181(2)
The Voters Decide
183(3)
Getting Involved: Campaigning
186(1)
Conclusion: Elections and Policymaking
186(3)
Let's Debate: Should a Nonpartisan Commission Rather Than the Legislature Draw Legislative District Boundaries?
188(1)
Review Questions
189(1)
Key Terms
190(1)
Notes
190(3)
The Texas Legislature
193(30)
Learning Objectives
193(2)
Structure
195(3)
Membership
198(4)
Organization
202(5)
National Perspective: Repealing Term Limits in Idaho
203(4)
The Legislative Process
207(5)
Internet Research: Tracking Legislation Online
212(1)
Legislative Policymaking
212(6)
Getting Involved: Contacting Your State Legislators
217(1)
Conclusion: The Legislature and the Policymaking Process
218(3)
Let's Debate: Should the Texas Legislature Meet in Regular Session Every Year?
219(2)
Review Questions
221(1)
Key Terms
221(1)
Notes
221(2)
Executive Branch
223(34)
Learning Objectives
223(2)
The Governor
225(11)
Getting Involved: Forming a Study Group
226(10)
The Executive Bureaucracy
236(10)
Internet Research: Profile of a State Agency
241(4)
National Perspective: Electricity Deregulation in California
245(1)
Politics and Administration
246(4)
Conclusion: The Executive Branch and the Policymaking Process
250(3)
Let's Debate: Should Texas Have a Cabinet System Rather Than the Plural Executive?
251(2)
Review Questions
253(1)
Key Terms
254(1)
Notes
254(3)
Judicial Branch
257(28)
Learning Objectives
257(1)
Types of Legal Disputes
258(2)
Court Procedures
260(2)
The Texas Court System
262(7)
Internet Research: Shirley Neeley v. West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District
268(1)
Judges
269(1)
Judicial Selection
270(8)
National Perspective: Drug Courts in Florida
277(1)
Conclusion: The Judicial Branch and the Policymaking Process
278(5)
Getting Involved: Volunteer to Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate
279(2)
Let's Debate: Should State Judges Be Elected or Appointed?
281(2)
Review Questions
283(1)
Key Terms
283(1)
Notes
284(1)
City Government
285(32)
Learning Objectives
285(1)
Legal Status of Texas Cities
286(3)
Forms of City Government
289(5)
Election Systems
294(3)
National Perspective: Municipal Elections in New York City
296(1)
Public Policies in Texas Cities
297(12)
Internet Research: Profile of a City Government
299(10)
Getting Involved: Contacting City Officials
309(1)
City Politics in Texas
309(2)
Conclusion: City Government and Policymaking
311(2)
Let's Debate: Should Cities Use Tax Money to Build Sports Stadiums?
311(2)
Review Questions
313(1)
Key Terms
314(1)
Notes
314(3)
Counties, School Districts, and Special Districts
317(34)
Learning Objectives
317(2)
County Government
319(11)
National Perspective: Local Government Consolidation in Indiana
330(1)
School Districts
330(13)
Internet Research: Comparing School Districts
338(2)
Getting Involved: Helping a Child Learn
340(3)
Special Districts
343(2)
Conclusion: Local Government and Public Policy
345(3)
Let's Debate: Do Basic Skills Tests Such as TAAS and TAKS Help or Harm Public Education?
347(1)
Review Questions
348(1)
Key Terms
349(1)
Notes
349(2)
State Budget Policy
351(42)
Learning Objectives
351(1)
Revenues
352(15)
National Perspective: The HOPE Scholarship in Georgia
359(8)
Expenditures
367(10)
Getting Involved: Appealing a Property Appraisal
374(3)
The Budget Process
377(4)
Conclusion: Budgetary Policymaking
381(7)
Internet Research: Trends in State Finance
382(4)
Let's Debate: Is the Texas Tax System Fair or Unfair?
386(2)
Review Questions
388(1)
Key Terms
389(1)
Notes
389(4)
Glossary 393(10)
Photo Credits 403(2)
Index 405


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