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Texas Politics Today With Infotrac,9780534586621

Texas Politics Today With Infotrac

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Pub. Date:
7/18/2001
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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

Preface xii
Texas Culture, People, and History
1(34)
Texas Cultural Regions
2(7)
East Texas
2(1)
Gulf Coast
2(2)
South Texas
4(1)
Southwest Texas
5(1)
German Hill Country
6(1)
West Texas
6(1)
The Panhandle
7(1)
North Texas
7(1)
Central Texas
8(1)
Politics and Government
9(12)
The Republic 1836-1846
9(1)
Early Statehood and Secession: 1846-1864
9(1)
Post-Civil War Texas: 1865-1885
10(1)
Progress and Reform: 1886-1913
11(1)
Farmer Jim: 1914-1918
11(2)
World War I, the Twenties, and the Return of Farmer Jim: 1919-1928
13(1)
The Great Depression: 1929-1939
14(1)
``Pass the Biscuits, Pappy'': 1938-1945
15(1)
Post-World War II: 1946-1949
16(1)
The 1950s
16(1)
The 1960s
17(1)
The 1970s
18(1)
The 1980s
18(1)
The 1990s
19(1)
The 2000s
20(1)
Cultural Diversity
21(1)
Conclusion
22(1)
Key Terms
23(1)
Review Questions
23(1)
Logging On
23(1)
Get Active!
24(2)
Essay: Where's May's Cafe? The McDonaldization of Texas Political Culture
26(2)
Terry Spurlock
Appendix
28(7)
Texas: Where We Stand
28(7)
The Texas Constitution in Perspective
35(26)
The National Constitution and the States: Federalism
36(2)
Division of Powers
36(2)
Limits on States
38(1)
The Texas Constitution
38(14)
The Texas Constitution in History
39(2)
The Texas Constitution Today
41(1)
Bill of Rights and Fundamental Liberty
42(1)
Separation of Powers
43(1)
Legislative Branch
44(1)
Executive Branch
45(1)
Courts
46(1)
Local Government
47(1)
Suffrage
48(1)
Amending and Revising the Texas Constitution
48(2)
Texas Constitution Compared
50(2)
Conclusion
52(1)
Key Terms
53(1)
Review Questions
53(1)
Logging On
54(1)
Get Active!
54(1)
Essay: Governor E. J. Davis and His Legacy for Texas
55(3)
Lynn R. Brink
Charlotte A. Rike
Essay: A Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Regime of Governor Edmund J. Davis Reconsidered
58(3)
Jeremy Curtoys
Voting and Elections
61(36)
Political Participation
62(9)
The Participation Paradox
62(1)
Who Votes?
63(1)
The Practice of Voting
63(2)
Voter Turnout in the U.S. and Texas
65(2)
Reasons for Low Voter Turnout in Texas
67(4)
Elections in Texas
71(14)
Primary Elections
71(5)
General Elections
76(1)
Special Elections
77(1)
The Conduct and Administration of Elections
78(7)
Election Campaigns in Texas
85(6)
Who Gets Elected
85(1)
The General Election Campaign
86(2)
Money in Political Campaigns
88(3)
Conclusion
91(1)
Key Terms
92(1)
Review Questions
92(1)
Logging On
92(1)
Get Active!
93(1)
Essay: The Life of the Party: The Elusive Notion of State Party Membership in Texas and the Nation
94(3)
B. C. Buzan
Political Parties
97(22)
Functions of Political Parties
98(1)
Characteristics of American Political Parties
99(2)
Pragmatism
99(1)
Decentralization
99(1)
Two-Partyism
100(1)
Development of the Texas Party System
101(6)
The One-Party Tradition in Texas
101(1)
Ideological Basis of Factionalism: Conservatives and Liberals
102(1)
Conservative and Liberal Factions in the Democratic Party
103(1)
Rise of The Republican Party
104(2)
Conservative and Moderate Factions within the Republican Party
106(1)
Organizational Basis of Party Machinery in Texas
107(4)
Temporary-Party Organization
108(2)
Permanent-Party Organization
110(1)
Competitive Parties in Texas: A New Era
111(2)
Emergence of Two-Partyism
112(1)
Conclusion
113(1)
Key Terms
114(1)
Review Questions
114(1)
Logging On
115(1)
Get Active!
115(1)
Essay: Republican Party's Dominance in Texas and the Hispanic Vote
116(3)
Asslan Khaligh
Interest Groups
119(24)
What Interest Groups Are
121(1)
What Interest Groups Do
121(1)
Direct Means of Influencing Government
122(1)
Lobbying the Legislative and Executive Branches
122(1)
Filing Suit in Court
122(1)
Advising and Serving the State
123(1)
Public Demonstrations
123(1)
Indirect Means of Influencing Government
123(1)
Electioneering
123(1)
Educating the Public
123(1)
Socializing
124(1)
Why People Join Interest Groups
124(1)
Types of Interest Groups
125(1)
Economic
125(1)
Noneconomic
125(1)
Mixed
125(1)
Factors That Affect Interest Group Power
125(5)
Culture of NonParticipation
125(1)
Party Competition
126(1)
Decentralization of Executive Branch Power
127(1)
Law
127(1)
The Media
127(1)
Constituent Influence
128(1)
Interest Groups as Checks on Interest Groups
129(1)
Campaign Contributions
129(1)
Conclusions About Balance in the Political System
130(1)
The Regulation of Lobbying
131(2)
Who Must Register and Report Lobbying Costs?
131(1)
What Does a Lobbyist Report?
132(1)
Access To The Reports of Lobbyists
133(1)
The Craft of Lobbying
133(2)
Before The Legislature
133(1)
Before Administrative Agencies
134(1)
Before The Courts
135(1)
Which Interests Are Powerful?
135(2)
Conclusions and Observations
137(1)
Key Terms
138(1)
Review Questions
138(1)
Logging On
138(1)
Get Active!
139(1)
Essay: Texas Department of Transportation, Its Clientele Group and the Legislature: A Glimpse into Texas State Government
140(3)
John S. Robey
The Legislature: Organization and Structure
143(20)
Geographic Districts
144(2)
Qualifications for Membership
146(4)
Formal Qualifications
146(1)
Informal Qualifications
147(3)
Organization of Texas Legislature
150(4)
Presiding Officers
150(2)
Legislative Committees
152(1)
Legislative Staff
153(1)
Amateurism in Texas Legislature
154(3)
Terms and Turnover
155(1)
Compensation
155(1)
The Limited Session
156(1)
Conclusion
157(1)
Key Terms
158(1)
Review Questions
158(1)
Logging On
158(1)
Get Active!
159(1)
Essay: Unelected Staff and the Texas Legislature
160(3)
Patricia Caperton Parent
The Legislative Process
163(24)
Powers of the Presiding Officers
164(14)
Procedural Tools of Leadership
165(11)
Institutional Tools of Leadership
176(2)
Restraints on Powers of Presiding Officers
178(2)
Personality
178(1)
The Team
178(1)
The Lobby and Bureaucracy
178(1)
The Governor
179(1)
Political Climate
179(1)
Political or Economic Ambition
180(1)
Other Legislators
180(1)
Conclusion
180(1)
Key Terms
181(1)
Review Questions
181(1)
Logging On
182(1)
Get Active!
182(1)
Essay: Bipartisanship in the Texas Legislature, a George W. Bush Phenomenon? A study of party membership and standing committee chair appointments
183(4)
Linda Potter
The Governor
187(20)
Qualifications, Tenure, and Staff
189(3)
Formal Qualifications
189(1)
Informal Criteria
189(1)
Tenure, Removal and Succession
190(1)
Compensation
191(1)
Staff
192(1)
Tools of Persuasion
192(9)
Legislative Tools of Persuasion
193(3)
Executive Tools of Persuasion
196(4)
Governor as Party Chief
200(1)
Conclusion
201(1)
Key Terms
202(1)
Review Questions
202(1)
Logging On
202(1)
Get Active!
203(1)
Essay: Costs of Texas Gubernatorial Elections: Who Gives and Why?
204(3)
Nasser Momayezi
The Bureaucracy
207(30)
Characteristics Of Bureaucracy
208(5)
Size
208(2)
Neutrality
210(1)
Hierarchy
211(2)
Expertise
213(1)
The Bureaucracy And Public Policy
213(9)
Clientele Groups
213(1)
The Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker
214(1)
The Governor
214(1)
The Iron Texas Star
215(2)
Public Support
217(1)
Expertise
217(1)
Information
217(1)
Administration of the Law
217(1)
Accountability
218(4)
The Texas Administration
222(8)
Elected Executives
222(4)
Appointed Executives
226(1)
Boards and Commissions
226(4)
Conclusion
230(1)
Key Terms
230(1)
Review Questions
230(1)
Logging On
231(1)
Get Active!
232(1)
Essay: Agencies and Influence: A Special Case in the Texas State Board of Education
233(4)
Christy Woodward-Kaupert
The Judiciary
237(26)
Civil and Criminal Cases
239(1)
Original and Appellate Jurisdiction
240(1)
Court Organization
240(11)
Municipal Courts
240(3)
Justices of the Peace
243(1)
County Courts
244(1)
District Courts
245(1)
Courts of Appeals
246(1)
Court of Criminal Appeals
247(3)
Supreme Court
250(1)
Juries
251(2)
The Grand Jury
251(1)
The Petit (Trial) Jury
252(1)
Selection of Judges
253(1)
The Politics of Judicial Selection in Texas
254(3)
Conclusion
257(1)
Key Terms
258(1)
Review Questions
258(1)
Logging On
258(1)
Get Active!
259(1)
Essay: Who Judges?
260(3)
Lydia Andrade
Law and Due Process
263(34)
Civil Law
265(3)
Types of Civil Law
265(1)
Issues in Civil Law
266(2)
The Elements of Crime
268(5)
The Crime
268(2)
The Criminal
270(1)
The Victim
271(2)
Law Enforcement
273(5)
State Agencies
273(1)
Local Agencies
273(1)
Prevention of Crime
274(1)
Detection of Crime
275(1)
Enforcement of Law
275(1)
Gathering Evidence
276(1)
Arrest
276(1)
Detention
276(2)
The Courts
278(6)
Pretrial Court Activities
278(2)
Formal Charges
280(1)
Pretrial hearings
280(1)
Plea Bargaining
281(1)
The Trial
281(2)
Posttrial Proceedings
283(1)
The Special Case of Juvenile Courts
284(1)
Rehabilitation and Punishment
284(4)
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
285(2)
Clemency
287(1)
Texas Youth Commission
287(1)
Jails
287(1)
Conclusion
288(1)
Key Terms
289(1)
Review Questions
289(1)
Logging On
290(1)
Get Active!
290(1)
Essay: In Search of a Solution to America's Drug Problem: Will History Repeat Itself?
291(6)
Orlando N. Bama
Taxing and Budgeting
297(20)
Revenues
298(11)
Taxation
299(3)
Issues in Taxation
302(2)
Tax Rates
304(3)
Nontax Revenues
307(2)
The Budgetary Process
309(2)
Conclusion
311(1)
Key Terms
312(1)
Review Questions
312(1)
Logging On
312(1)
Get Active!
312(2)
Essay: Reforming The Texas Tax System
314(3)
W. B. Stouffer
Spending and Services
317(24)
Education in Texas
319(8)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
319(2)
The Politics of Public Education
321(4)
Higher Education
325(2)
Health and Human Services
327(5)
Health Programs
328(1)
Mental Health Programs
329(1)
Unemployment Programs
329(1)
Human-Service Programs
330(1)
The Politics of ``Welfare''
330(2)
Transportation
332(2)
Highway Programs
332(2)
The Politics of Transportation
334(1)
Conclusion
334(1)
Key Terms
335(1)
Review Questions
335(1)
Logging On
335(1)
Get Active!
336(1)
Essay: The Hopwood Decision
337(4)
Barry L. Price
Local Government
341(29)
Municipalities
343(11)
Forms of Government
344(2)
Municipal-Election Systems
346(2)
Revenue Sources and Limitations
348(2)
Issues and Trends
350(4)
Counties
354(5)
Functions of Counties
354(1)
Structure and Organization of Counties
355(2)
Issues and Trends
357(2)
Special Districts: The Hidden Governments
359(1)
Issues and Trends
360(1)
Councils of Governments (COGs)
360(2)
Conclusion
362(1)
Key Terms
362(1)
Review Questions
363(1)
Logging On
363(1)
Web Exercise
364(1)
Get Active!
364(1)
Essay: The Urban Crisis and the ETJ-The Savior of Texas Cities
365(2)
Brian K. Dille
Essay: Government and Politics in Texas Suburbia
367(3)
Glenn David Garrison
Glossary 370(9)
Index 379


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