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Texas Politics With Infotrac

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780534586447

ISBN10:
0534586449
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/16/2001
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
The Context of Texas Politics
1(31)
Introduction
2(1)
Texas History: A Chronology
3(13)
The Earliest Days
3(1)
Anglo-American Colonization
4(1)
Revolution
4(1)
Early Statehood
5(2)
Post-Civil War Texas
7(1)
The Late Nineteenth Century
8(2)
The Early Twentieth Century
10(1)
Wars and Depression
11(2)
Shivercrats and Segregation
13(1)
Gradual Political Change
14(1)
Contemporary Texas
14(2)
Texas as a Democracy
16(2)
Texas and American Federalism
18(1)
The Texas Political Culture
19(3)
Economy, Taxes, and Services
22(4)
The People of Texas
26(3)
The Census
26(1)
The Distribution of Population
27(1)
The Political Relevance of Population
27(2)
The Agenda
29(1)
Summary
30(1)
Key Terms
30(1)
Study Questions
30(1)
Internet Assignment
31(1)
Surfing the Web
31(1)
The Constitutional Setting
32(29)
Introduction
33(1)
Purposes of Constitutions
34(2)
Legitimacy
34(1)
Organizing Government
34(1)
Providing Power
35(1)
Limiting Governmental Power
36(1)
Texas Constitutions
36(2)
The Present Texas Constitution
38(9)
General Features
39(2)
Specific Features
41(6)
Amendments
47(1)
Constitutional Revision
47(7)
Overview of the Need for Reform
47(3)
Recent Reform Efforts
50(4)
Constitutional Politics
54(4)
Something for Everyone
54(1)
The Political Process
55(3)
Summary
58(1)
Key Terms
59(1)
Study Questions
59(1)
Internet Assignment
60(1)
Surfing the Web
60(1)
Interest Groups
61(27)
Introduction
62(1)
Interest Groups
63(1)
Definition
63(1)
Classification
63(1)
Interest Groups in the Political Process
64(10)
Who Is Organized?
64(1)
Functions
64(1)
Activities
65(8)
Interest Group vs. Interest Group
73(1)
Major Interest Groups in Texas
74(10)
Lawyers
74(2)
Doctors
76(1)
The Christian Right
77(2)
The Oil and Gas Industry
79(1)
Organized Labor
80(1)
LULAC
81(1)
Teachers
82(2)
Other Interest Groups
84(1)
Regulation of Lobbying
84(1)
Conclusion
85(1)
Summary
86(1)
Key Terms
86(1)
Study Questions
86(1)
Internet Assignment
87(1)
Surfing the Web
87(1)
Political Parties
88(28)
Introduction
89(1)
Ideology
89(3)
Conservatism
89(1)
Liberalism
90(1)
Ideology in Texas
90(2)
Political Socialization
92(3)
Family
93(1)
Schools and Churches
93(1)
Media
94(1)
Evaluation
94(1)
Interests
95(2)
Texas Political Parties--A Brief History
97(3)
Functions of Political Parties
100(2)
Party Organization
102(6)
Temporary Party Organization
103(3)
Permanent Party Organization
106(1)
The (Un)Importance of Party Organization
107(1)
Two Parties, Three Factions
108(3)
Republicans
108(1)
Conservative Democrats
109(1)
Liberal Democrats
110(1)
The Future of the Three-Faction System
111(1)
Third Parties in Texas
111(2)
Summary
113(1)
Key Terms
114(1)
Study Questions
114(1)
Internet Assignment
114(1)
Surfing the Web
115(1)
Voters, Campaigns, and Elections
116(29)
Introduction
117(1)
Voters
117(3)
Why Vote?
117(1)
Suffrage
118(1)
Registration
119(1)
Texas Turnout
120(5)
Government by the People?
120(1)
Why Don't Texans Vote?
121(1)
Socioeconomic and Ethnic Status
122(1)
The Consequences of Nonvoting
123(2)
Election Campaigns
125(9)
Campaign Resources
126(7)
Negative Campaigning
133(1)
Public Elections
134(3)
Primary Elections
134(2)
General Elections
136(1)
Special Elections
137(1)
Absentee or Early Voting
137(1)
Elections of 1994 through 1998
137(4)
Election of 2000
141(1)
Conclusion
142(1)
Summary
142(1)
Key Terms
143(1)
Study Questions
143(1)
Internet Assignment
144(1)
Surfing the Web
144(1)
Organization of the Texas Legislature
145(31)
Introduction
146(1)
Functions of Legislative Bodies
146(4)
Formal Functions
147(2)
Informal Functions
149(1)
Structure of the Legislature
150(10)
Size, Elections, and Terms
150(1)
Sessions
151(1)
Legislative Districts
152(5)
Party and Factional Organization
157(1)
Compensation
158(2)
Membership Characteristics
160(4)
Formal Qualifications
160(1)
Personal Characteristics
160(3)
Experience and Turnover
163(1)
Internal Organization of the Legislature
164(7)
The Presiding Officers
164(3)
Legislative Committees
167(3)
Legislative Staff
170(1)
General Criticism and Suggested Reforms
171(2)
Criticism
171(1)
Suggested Reforms
172(1)
Summary
173(1)
Key Terms
174(1)
Study Questions
174(1)
Internet Assignment
175(1)
Surfing the Web
175(1)
The Legislative Process
176(28)
Introduction
177(1)
Power of the Presiding Officers
178(8)
Procedural Powers
178(6)
Institutional Powers
184(2)
Limits on Presiding Officers
186(2)
Personality and Ambition
186(1)
Legislators
186(1)
Interest Groups and State Administration
187(1)
The Governor
187(1)
The Electorate/The Constituents
188(1)
How a Bill Becomes a Law in Texas
188(6)
Step One: Introduction and Referral
189(2)
Step Two: Committee Action
191(1)
Step Three: Floor Action
191(1)
In the House: Steps One through Three Repeated
192(1)
Step Four: Conference Committee
192(1)
Step Five: The Governor
193(1)
Legislative Dynamics
194(3)
Handicaps
194(2)
Changing Alignments
196(1)
Evaluation and Reform
197(3)
Assessing the Legislature
197(2)
Suggested Reforms
199(1)
Conclusion
199(1)
Nonlegislative Lawmaking
200(1)
Lawmaking by the Governor
200(1)
Lawmaking by the Administration
200(1)
Lawmaking by the Courts
201(1)
Summary
201(1)
Key Terms
202(1)
Study Questions
202(1)
Internet Assignment
203(1)
Surfing the Web
203(1)
The Governor
204(27)
Introduction
205(1)
Basic Structure of the Governor's Office
206(6)
Election, Term of Office, and Tenure
206(1)
Impeachment and Succession
207(2)
Compensation
209(2)
Staff and Organization
211(1)
Qualifications for Governor
212(3)
Formal Qualifications
212(1)
Personal Characteristics
213(2)
Roles of the Governor and Limits on Those Roles
215(2)
Formal Roles and Limitations
217(9)
Chief Executive
218(3)
Chief Legislator
221(3)
Commander in Chief/Top Cop
224(1)
Chief of State
224(1)
Chief Intergovernmental Diplomat
225(1)
Informal Roles and Limitations
226(2)
Chief of Party
226(1)
Leader of the People
227(1)
Summary
228(1)
Key Terms
229(1)
Study Questions
229(1)
Internet Assignment
230(1)
Surfing the Web
230(1)
The Administrative State
231(31)
Introduction
232(1)
State Administrative Agencies
233(7)
Agencies with Elected Executives
235(2)
Agencies with Appointed Executives
237(1)
Boards and Commissions
238(2)
Big Government: How Did It Happen?
240(4)
Postwar Growth
241(1)
1980 On
241(3)
Characteristics of Bureaucracy
244(3)
Traditional Characteristics
244(1)
Modern Characteristics
245(2)
Bureaucratic Survival Techniques
247(4)
Sources of Bureaucratic Power
247(3)
Bureaucratic Involvement in the Policymaking Process
250(1)
What Happens to the Public Interest?
251(2)
Bureaucratic Orientation
252(1)
Overstepping the Law
252(1)
Harnessing the Administrative State
253(5)
How Much Accountability to the Chief Executive?
254(1)
How Much Accountability to the Legislature?
254(2)
How Much Accountability to the Public?
256(1)
Is There Accountability?
257(1)
Suggested Reforms
258(1)
Summary
259(1)
Key Terms
260(1)
Study Questions
260(1)
Internet Assignment
260(1)
Surfing the Web
261(1)
The Judiciary
262(27)
Introduction
263(1)
The Myth of the Nonpolitical Judiciary
264(2)
The Judiciary
266(5)
The Court System
266(5)
The Courts in Disarray
271(13)
Too Much Crime, Too Many Criminals
271(3)
Judicial Selection
274(6)
Equal Justice?
280(4)
The System of Justice
284(3)
The Attorney General (AG)
284(1)
Lawyers
285(1)
The State Bar of Texas
285(1)
Judges
285(1)
Removal and Reprimand of Lawyers and Judges
285(1)
Juries
286(1)
Summary
287(1)
Key Terms
287(1)
Study Questions
288(1)
Internet Assignment
288(1)
Surfing the Web
288(1)
The Substance of Justice
289(32)
Introduction
290(1)
Civil Liberties
291(10)
Freedom of Expression
292(2)
Freedom of Religion
294(3)
A Right to Keep and Bear Arms?
297(2)
Abortion
299(2)
Civil Rights
301(6)
School Segregation
301(1)
Education--A Basic Right?
302(2)
Civil Rights in Modern Texas: Vidor and Jasper
304(3)
Criminal Law
307(8)
Who Are the Criminals?
307(1)
The Color of the Collar Makes a Difference
308(1)
1995 Changes in Criminal Law
309(1)
Civil Rights for Those in Custody
309(2)
The Death Penalty
311(4)
Torts and Tort Reform
315(3)
Conclusion
318(1)
Summary
318(1)
Key Terms
319(1)
Study Questions
319(1)
Internet Assignment
320(1)
Surfing the Web
320(1)
Local Government
321(37)
Introduction
322(1)
Counties: Horse-Drawn Buggies?
323(12)
Historical and Legal Background
323(1)
Organization and Operation of County Government
324(5)
County Finance
329(1)
County Politics
330(1)
An Evaluation of County Government
331(4)
Cities: Managed Environments
335(13)
Organization of City Government
337(5)
City Finance
342(4)
City Politics
346(2)
Special Districts: Our Hidden Governments
348(4)
What Is a Special District?
348(1)
Why Special Districts?
349(2)
Assessment of Special Districts
351(1)
School Districts
351(1)
Local Government: Prospects for the Future
352(2)
Leadership in Local Government
354(1)
Summary
355(1)
Key Terms
356(1)
Study Questions
356(1)
Internet Assignment
356(1)
Surfing the Web
357(1)
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
358(30)
Introduction
359(1)
The Texas Economy
360(3)
The Past
360(1)
The Present
361(1)
Analysis
362(1)
Where Does the Money Come From?
363(16)
Collection and Administration
365(1)
Nontax Sources of Revenue
366(3)
Taxation
369(5)
The Tax Burden in Texas
374(1)
The Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
375(4)
Where Does the Money Go?
379(6)
Planning and Preparation
380(1)
Authorization and Appropriations
381(1)
Execution/Spending
382(3)
Summary
385(1)
Key Terms
386(1)
Study Questions
387(1)
Internet Assignment
387(1)
Surfing the Web
387(1)
Issues in Public Policy
388(30)
Introduction
389(3)
The Business of Business
392(6)
Modern Policy Initiatives
393(3)
Ongoing Concerns
396(2)
Poverty and Welfare
398(7)
Poverty in Texas
399(1)
The Players
400(1)
The Programs
400(3)
Recent Policy Developments
403(1)
Analysis
404(1)
Saving the Environment
405(7)
Is There any Water? Is It Safe to Drink?
406(4)
Is the Air Safe to Breathe?
410(1)
The Land: Is It Safe to Walk Here? Is There Room?
411(1)
Analysis
411(1)
Highways and Byways
412(2)
Conclusions
414(1)
Summary
415(1)
Key Terms
415(1)
Study Questions
415(1)
Internet Assignment
416(1)
Surfing the Web
417(1)
The Future of Texas Politics
418(17)
Introduction
419(1)
The Texas Political System
419(4)
Political Culture
419(2)
The Inputs to the Political System
421(2)
The Coming Challenges
423(8)
The Economy
423(3)
Population
426(4)
Urban Texas
430(1)
The Future of Texas Democracy
431(1)
Summary
432(1)
Study Questions
433(1)
Internet Assignment
433(1)
Surfing the Web
434(1)
Glossary 435(5)
Index 440


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