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Texas Politics

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9780534631291

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0534631290
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Pub. Date:
12/21/2004
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Summary

Compare the reality of Texas government and olitics to to the ideals of democratic theory with TEXAS POLITICS (WITH INFOTRAC). Exploring three themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict, this in-depth book introduces you to the political trends and controversial issues taking place in Texas today. This intriguing text explores everything from campaign financing to Texas's role on the international stage. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in Texas politics!

Table of Contents

Preface xi
The Context of Texas Politics
1(32)
Introduction
2(1)
Texas History: A Chronology
3(12)
The Earliest Days
3(1)
Anglo-American Colonization
4(1)
Revolution
4(1)
Early Statehood
5(1)
Post--Civil War Texas
6(1)
The Late Nineteenth Century
7(2)
The Early Twentieth Century
9(1)
Wars and Depression
10(2)
Postwar Texas
12(1)
Gradual Political Change
13(1)
Contemporary Texas
14(1)
Texas as a Democracy
15(2)
Texas and American Federalism
17(1)
Texas in the International Arena
18(3)
The Texas Political Culture
21(4)
Economy, Taxes, and Services
25(3)
The People of Texas
28(2)
The Census
28(2)
The Political Relevance of Population
30(1)
The Agenda
30(1)
Summary
31(1)
Glossary Terms
31(1)
Study Questions
31(1)
Surfing the Web
32(1)
The Constitutional Setting
33(28)
Introduction
34(1)
Purposes of Constitutions
35(2)
Legitimacy
35(1)
Organizing Government
35(1)
Providing Power
36(1)
Limiting Governmental Power
37(1)
Texas Constitutions
37(2)
The Present Texas Constitution
39(10)
General Features
40(2)
Specific Features
42(5)
Amendments
47(2)
Constitutional Revision
49(4)
Overview of the Need for Reform
49(1)
Recent Reform Efforts
50(3)
Constitutional Politics
53(5)
Something for Everyone
53(2)
The Political Process
55(3)
Summary
58(1)
Glossary Terms
59(1)
Study Questions
59(1)
Surfing the Web
60(1)
Interest Groups
61(34)
Introduction
62(1)
Interest Groups
63(1)
Definition
63(1)
Classification
63(1)
Interest Groups in the Political Process
64(18)
Who Is Organized?
64(1)
Functions
65(1)
Activities
65(10)
Persuading the Public
75(2)
Influencing Administrators and Co-opting Agencies
77(5)
Major Interest Groups in Texas
82(9)
Texans for Lawsuit Reform
82(1)
Doctors
83(1)
Lawyers
84(1)
The Christian Right
85(1)
The Oil and Gas Industry
86(1)
Organized Labor
87(1)
League of United Latin American Citizens
88(1)
Teachers
89(2)
Conclusion
91(1)
Summary
92(1)
Glossary Terms
93(1)
Study Questions
93(1)
Surfing the Web
93(2)
Political Parties
95(32)
Introduction
96(1)
Ideology
97(3)
Conservatism
97(1)
Liberalism
97(1)
Ideology In Texas
98(2)
Political Socialization
100(3)
Family
100(1)
Schools and Churches
100(2)
Media
102(1)
Evaluation
102(1)
Interests
103(1)
Texas Political Parties: A Brief History
104(4)
Functions of Political Parties
108(2)
Party Organization
110(8)
Temporary Party Organization
110(4)
Permanent Party Organization
114(1)
The (Un)importance of Party Organization
115(3)
Two Parties, Three Factions (or Perhaps Four)
118(4)
Republicans
118(1)
Conservative Democrats
119(1)
Liberal Democrats
120(1)
The Future of the Three-Faction System
121(1)
Third Parties in Texas
122(2)
Summary
124(1)
Glossary Terms
125(1)
Study Questions
125(1)
Surfing The Web
126(1)
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
127(30)
Introduction
128(1)
Voting
129(3)
Why Vote?
129(1)
Suffrage
130(1)
Registration
131(1)
Texas Turnout
132(4)
Government by the People?
132(1)
Why Don't Texans Vote?
133(1)
The Consequences of Nonvoting
134(2)
Election Campaigns
136(9)
Campaign Resources
136(8)
Negative Campaigning
144(1)
Public Elections
145(4)
Primary Elections
145(2)
General Elections
147(1)
Special Elections
148(1)
Absentee or Early Voting
148(1)
Elections of 1994 through 2000
149(1)
Election of 2002
149(4)
Election of 2004
153(1)
Conclusion
154(1)
Summary
154(1)
Glossary Terms
155(1)
Study Questions
155(1)
Surfing the Web
156(1)
Organization of the Texas Legislature
157(36)
Introduction
158(1)
Functions of Legislative Bodies
159(3)
Formal Functions
159(3)
Informal Functions
162(1)
Structure of the Legislature
162(14)
Size, Elections, and Terms
162(2)
Sessions
164(1)
Legislative Districts
165(7)
Party and Factional Organization
172(2)
Compensation
174(2)
Membership Characteristics
176(4)
Formal Qualifications
176(1)
Personal Characteristics
176(3)
Experience and Turnover
179(1)
Internal Organization of the Legislature
180(7)
The Presiding Officers
180(3)
Legislative Committees
183(3)
Legislative Staff
186(1)
General Criticism and Suggested Reforms
187(3)
Criticism
187(1)
Suggested Reforms
188(2)
Summary
190(1)
Glossary Terms
191(1)
Study Questions
191(1)
Surfing the Web
191(2)
The Legislative Process
193(30)
Introduction
194(1)
Power of the Presiding Officers
195(9)
Procedural Powers
195(7)
Institutional Powers
202(2)
Limits on Presiding Officers
204(2)
Personality and Ambition
204(1)
Legislators
205(1)
Interest Groups and State Administration
205(1)
The Governor
206(1)
The Electorate/ The Constituents
206(1)
How a Bill Becomes a Law in Texas
206(6)
Step One: Introduction and Referral
208(1)
Step Two: Committee Action
208(2)
Step Three: Floor Action
210(1)
In the House: Steps One through Three Repeated
211(1)
Step Four: Conference Committee
211(1)
Step Five: The Governor
211(1)
Legislative Dynamics
212(3)
Handicaps
212(2)
Changing Alignments
214(1)
Evaluation and Reform
215(4)
Assessing the Legislature
215(3)
Suggested Reforms
218(1)
Conclusion
218(1)
Nonlegislative Lawmaking
219(1)
Lawmaking by the Governor
219(1)
Lawmaking by the Administration
219(1)
Lawmaking by the Courts
220(1)
Summary
220(1)
Glossary Terms
221(1)
Study Questions
221(1)
Surfing the Web
222(1)
The Governor
223(28)
Introduction
224(1)
Basic Structure of the Governor's Office
225(6)
Election, Term of Office, and Tenure
225(1)
Impeachment and Succession
226(2)
Compensation
228(1)
Staff and Organization
228(3)
Qualifications for Governor
231(3)
Formal Qualifications
231(1)
Personal Characteristics
231(3)
Roles of the Governor and Limits on Those Roles
234(2)
Formal Roles and Limitations
236(9)
Chief Executive
236(4)
Chief Legislator
240(3)
Commander in Chief/Top Cop
243(1)
Chief of State
244(1)
Chief Intergovernmental Diplomat
244(1)
Informal Roles and Limitations
245(3)
Chief of Party
245(1)
Leader of the People
246(2)
Summary
248(1)
Glossary Terms
249(1)
Study Questions
249(1)
Surfing the Web
249(2)
The Administrative State
251(33)
Introduction
252(1)
State Administrative Agencies
253(8)
Agencies with Elected Executives
255(3)
Agencies with Appointed Executives
258(1)
Boards and Commissions
258(3)
Big Government: How Did It Happen?
261(4)
Postwar Growth
262(1)
1980 On
263(2)
Characteristics of Bureaucracy
265(4)
Traditional Characteristics
265(1)
Modern Characteristics
266(3)
Bureaucratic Survival Techniques
269(4)
Sources of Bureaucratic Power
269(3)
Bureaucratic Involvement in the Policymaking Process
272(1)
What Happens to the Public Interest?
273(1)
Bureaucratic Orientation
273(1)
Overstepping the Law
274(1)
Harnessing the Administrative State
274(7)
How Much Accountability to the Chief Executive?
275(2)
How Much Accountability to the Legislature?
277(2)
How Much Accountability to the Public?
279(1)
Is There Accountability?
280(1)
Suggested Reforms
281(1)
Summary
281(1)
Glossary Terms
282(1)
Study Questions
282(1)
Surfing the Web
283(1)
The Judiciary
284(29)
Introduction
285(1)
The Myth of the Nonpolitical Judiciary
286(2)
The Players in the System of Justice
288(2)
The Attorney General (AG)
288(2)
Lawyers
290(1)
The State Bar of Texas
290(1)
The Court System
290(5)
Municipal Courts
292(1)
Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts
292(1)
County Courts
292(1)
State Trial Courts: The District Courts
293(1)
Intermediate State Appellate Courts: The Courts of Appeals
293(1)
Highest State Appellate Courts
294(1)
Juries
295(1)
Grand Juries
295(1)
Trial Juries
296(1)
Police
296(1)
Removal and Reprimand of Lawyers and Judges
296(1)
Issues Facing the Texas Judiciary
297(13)
Too Much Crime, Too Many Criminals
297(2)
Judicial Selection
299(1)
Partisan Elections?
299(3)
Is Justice for Sale?
302(1)
Equal Justice?
303(7)
Summary
310(1)
Glossary Terms
311(1)
Study Questions
311(1)
Surfing The Web
311(2)
The Substance of Justice
313(29)
Introduction
314(1)
Civil Liberties
315(10)
Freedom of Expression
315(3)
Freedom of Religion
318(3)
A Right to Keep and Bear Arms?
321(2)
Abortion
323(2)
Civil Rights
325(7)
School Segregation
325(1)
Education: A Basic Right?
326(2)
Civil Rights in Modern Texas: Jasper and Tulia
328(3)
Civil Rights for Convicted Criminals
331(1)
Capital Punishment
332(3)
Torts and Tort Reform
335(4)
Conclusion
339(1)
Summary
339(1)
Glossary Terms
340(1)
Study Questions
340(1)
Surfing the Web
340(2)
Local Government
342(39)
Introduction
343(1)
Counties: Horse-Drawn Buggies?
344(12)
Historical and Legal Background
344(1)
Organization and Operation of County Government
345(4)
County Finance
349(1)
County Politics
350(2)
An Evaluation of County Government
352(4)
Cities: Managed Environments
356(15)
Organization of City Government
359(5)
City Finance
364(4)
City Politics
368(3)
Special Districts: Our Hidden Governments
371(4)
What Is a Special District?
372(1)
Why Special Districts?
372(2)
Assessment of Special Districts
374(1)
School Districts
375(1)
Local Government: Prospects for the Future
375(2)
Leadership in Local Government
377(1)
Summary
378(1)
Glossary Terms
379(1)
Study Questions
379(1)
Surfing the Web
380(1)
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
381(33)
Introduction
382(1)
The Texas Economy
383(4)
The Past
383(2)
The Present
385(1)
Analysis
386(1)
Where Does the Money Come From?
387(17)
Collection and Administration
390(1)
Nontax Sources of Revenue
390(3)
Taxation
393(6)
The Tax Burden in Texas
399(1)
The Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
399(5)
Where Does the Money Go?
404(7)
Planning and Preparation
405(1)
Authorization and Appropriations
406(1)
Execution/Spending
407(4)
Summary
411(1)
Glossary Terms
412(1)
Study Questions
412(1)
Surfing the Web
413(1)
Issues in Public Policy
414(31)
Introduction
415(4)
The Business of Business
419(5)
Modern Policy Initiatives
420(3)
Ongoing Concerns
423(1)
Poverty and Welfare
424(9)
Poverty in Texas
425(1)
The Players and the Major Programs
426(4)
Recent Policy Developments
430(2)
Analysis
432(1)
Saving the Environment
433(6)
Is There Any Water? Is It Safe to Drink?
434(1)
Is the Air Safe to Breathe?
435(2)
The Land: Is It Safe to Walk Here? Is There Room?
437(1)
Analysis
438(1)
Highways and Byways
439(3)
The Situation
439(1)
Actions and Analysis
440(2)
Conclusions
442(1)
Summary
442(1)
Glossary Terms
443(1)
Study Questions
443(1)
Surfing the Web
444(1)
The Future of Texas Politics
445(18)
Introduction
446(1)
The Texas Political System
447(2)
Political Culture
447(1)
The Inputs to the Political System
448(1)
The Coming Challenges
449(10)
The Economy
450(2)
Population
452(4)
Urban Texas
456(1)
Preventing the Worst of All Possible Futures
457(2)
The Future of Texas Democracy
459(2)
Summary
461(1)
Glossary Term
461(1)
Study Questions
461(1)
Surfing the Web
462(1)
Notes 463(18)
Glossary 481(5)
Index 486


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