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Texas Politics Today,9780314127815

Texas Politics Today

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780314127815

ISBN10:
031412781X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/11/1997
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

TEXAS POLITICS TODAY continues to be a best-selling overview of Texas Politics because it offers students a wide range of viewpoints, drawing on the diverse political and social perspectives of its contributing authors to give students rich, nuanced insight into the political system and decision-making processes of the Lone Star State. Current issues and candid analysis of government increase student awareness of the real effects of state policy on their lives, and encourage them to get politically involved.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi(1)
George W. Bush
Introduction to Cyberpolitics in Texas xii
1 Texas Culture, People, and History
1(24)
Texas Cultural Regions
2(5)
Politics and Government
7(15)
ESSAY: Big Hat, No Cattle
22(3)
Dr. Terry Spurlock
2 The Texas Constitution in Perspective
25(24)
The National Constitution and the States: Federalism
26(2)
The Texas Constitution
28(13)
The Texas Constitution Compared
41(4)
ESSAY: Governor E. J. Davis and His Legacy for Texas
45(4)
Lynn R. Brink
Charlotte A. Rike
3 Voting and Elections
49(32)
Political Participation
50(10)
Elections in Texas
60(16)
ESSAY: We Didn't Cross the Border, The Border Crossed Us
76(5)
John Francis Burke
Adolfo Santos
4 Political Parties, Factions, and Campaigns
81(28)
Functions of Political Parties
82(1)
Characteristics of American Political Parties
83(2)
Development of the Texas Party System
85(7)
Organizational Basis of Party Machinery in Texas
92(4)
Election Campaigns in Texas
96(6)
Competitive Parties in Texas: A New Era
102(4)
ESSAY: Get Involved--Influence Your Political Party
106(3)
David Robinson
5 Interest Groups
109(20)
Factors That Affect Interest Group Power
110(5)
Factors That Empower Special Interests in Texas
115(2)
Conclusions About Balance in the Political System
117(1)
The Regulation of Lobbying
118(4)
The Craft of Lobbying
122(1)
Which Interests Are Powerful?
123(3)
ESSAY: The Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce: A Profile
126(3)
Roy E. Thoman
6 The Legislature: Organization and Structure
129(20)
Geographic Districts
130(2)
Qualifications for Membership
132(4)
Organization of Texas Legislature
136(5)
Amateurism in Texas Legislature
141(4)
ESSAY: Women in the Texas Legislature: Seen and Heard? A Preliminary Study of Memberships and Chairmanships on "Mega" Committees
145(4)
Linda Potter
7 The Legislative Process
149(26)
Powers of the Presiding Officers
150(14)
Restraints on Powers of Presiding Officers
164(4)
ESSAY: Pete Laney, A New Breed of Speaker
168(2)
Patricia Caperton Parent
ESSAY: A Changing of the Guard: Republicans Gain a Majority in the Texas Senate for the First Time in 125 Years
170(5)
Thomas H. Little
8 The Governor
175(20)
Qualifications, Tenure, and Staff
176(4)
Tools of Persuasion
180(11)
ESSAY: The Governor of Texas as Party Chief
191(4)
Ted Lewis
9 The Bureaucracy
195(26)
Characteristics of Bureaucracy
196(4)
The Bureaucracy and Public Policy
200(7)
The Texas Administration
207(10)
ESSAY: Texas Performance Review
217(4)
Charles Garofalo
10 The Judiciary
221(24)
Civil Criminal Cases
223(1)
Original and Appellate Jurisdiction
223(1)
Court Organization
224(29)
Juries
253
Selection of Judges
237(1)
The Politics of Judical Selection in Texas
238(4)
ESSAY: Big Money Influence in Texas Judicial Elections
242(3)
Nasser Momayezei
11 Law and Due Process
245(36)
Civil Law
246(4)
The Elements of Crime
250(5)
Law Enforcement
255(5)
The Courts
260(7)
Rehabilitation and Punishment
267(4)
Conclusion
271(2)
ESSAY: Capital Punishment, Is it Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
273(8)
Herbert J. Bailey
12 Taxing and Budgeting
281(22)
Revenues
282(13)
The Budgetary Process
295(2)
Conclusion
297(2)
ESSAY: Property Tax Reform in Texas
299(4)
Robert L. Peterson
13 Spending and Services
303(26)
Education in Texas
304(13)
Health and Human Services
317(6)
Transportation
323(2)
Conclusion
325(2)
ESSAY: Community College Integration: A Brief Case Study
327(2)
Elizabeth N. Flores
14 Local Government
329(26)
Municipalities
331(9)
Counties
340(6)
Special Districts
346(2)
Councils of Government (COGs)
348(1)
Conclusion
348(2)
ESSAY: Who Pays for Sports Stadiums? The Politics of Local Taxes
350(5)
William Faegin, Jr.
Epilogue: Texas in the 21st Century 355(10)
Appendix 365(6)
Index 371


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