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Texas Politics Today (with InfoTrac)

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9780534612542

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Pub. Date:
7/30/2003
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Summary

Now in its eleventh edition, 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(8)
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(3)
Central Texas
10(1)
Politics and Government
10(12)
The Republic: 1836--1846
10(1)
Early Statehood and Secession: 1846--1864
11(1)
Post-Civil War Texas: 1865--1885
11(1)
Progress and Reform: 1886--1913
12(1)
Farmer Jim: 1914--1918
13(1)
World War I, the Twenties, and the Return of Farmer Jim: 1919--1928
14(1)
The Great Depression: 1929--1939
15(1)
``Pass the Biscuits, Pappy'': 1938--1945
16(1)
Post-World War II: 1946--1949
17(1)
The 1950s
17(1)
The 1960s
18(1)
The 1970s
19(1)
The 1980s
19(1)
The 1990s
20(1)
The 2000s
21(1)
Cultural Diversity
22(2)
Conclusion
24(1)
Key Terms
24(1)
Review Questions
24(1)
Logging On
25(1)
Get Active!
26(1)
Essay: The Political Culture of ``Hispanics'' and ``Mexican Americans'' in Texas
27(2)
Fernando Pinon
Appendix
29(6)
How Texas Compares
29(6)
The Texas Constitution in Perspective
35(28)
The Texas Constitution in Perspective
36(1)
The National Constitution and the States: Federalism
36(4)
Division of Powers
36(2)
Limits on States
38(2)
The Texas Constitution
40(13)
The Texas Constitution in History
41(1)
The Texas Constitution Today
42(1)
Bill of Rights and Fundamental Liberty
43(1)
Separation of Powers
44(1)
Legislative Branch
45(1)
Executive Branch
46(2)
Courts
48(1)
Local Government
48(1)
Suffrage
49(1)
Amending and Revising the Texas Constitution
49(1)
The Texas Constitution Compared
50(3)
Conclusion
53(1)
Key Terms
53(1)
Review Questions
54(1)
Logging On
54(1)
Get Active!
54(1)
Recent Developments
55(1)
Essay: Governor E.J. Davis and His Legacy for Texas
56(3)
Lynn R. Brink
Charlotte A. Rike
A Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Regime of Governor Edmund J. Davis Reconsidered
59(4)
Jeremy Curtoys
Voting and Elections
63(38)
Political Participation
64(9)
The Participation Paradox
64(1)
Who Votes?
64(1)
The Practice of Voting
65(2)
Voter Turnout in the United States and Texas
67(2)
Reasons for Low Voter Turnout in Texas
69(4)
Elections in Texas
73(15)
Primary Elections
73(5)
General Elections
78(1)
Special Elections
79(1)
The Conduct and Administration of Elections
80(8)
Election Campaigns in Texas
88(6)
Who Gets Elected
89(1)
The General Election Campaign
89(2)
Money in Political Campaigns
91(3)
Conclusion
94(1)
Key Terms
95(1)
Review Questions
95(1)
Logging On
96(1)
Get Active!
96(1)
Recent Developments
97(1)
Essay: Diversity Doesn't Deliver Democratic Dream
98(3)
Albert Rambo
Political Parties
101(24)
Functions of Political Parties
102(1)
Characteristics of American Political Parties
103(2)
Pragmatism
103(1)
Decentralization
103(1)
Two-Partyism
104(1)
Development of the Texas Party System
105(6)
The One-Party Tradition in Texas
105(1)
Ideological Basis of Factionalism: Conservatives and Liberals
106(1)
Conservative and Liberal Factions in the Democratic Party
106(2)
Rise of the Republican Party
108(2)
Conservative and Moderate Factions within the Republican Party
110(1)
Organizational Basis of Party Machinery in Texas
111(3)
Temporary-Party Organization
111(3)
Permanent-Party Organization
114(1)
A New Era of Republican Dominance
115(1)
Emergence of Republican Party Dominance
115(2)
Conclusion
117(1)
Key Terms
118(1)
Review Questions
118(1)
Logging On
119(1)
Get Active!
119(1)
Recent Developments
119(2)
Essay: Republicans Rule: The Texas Election 2002
121(4)
Glenn David Garrison
Interest Groups
125(34)
What Interest Groups Are
127(1)
What Interest Groups Do
128(1)
Direct Means of Influencing Government
129(1)
Lobbying the Legislative and Executive Branches
129(1)
Filing Suit in Court
129(1)
Advising and Serving the State
129(1)
Public Demonstrations
130(1)
Indirect Means of Influencing Government
130(1)
Electioneering
130(1)
Educating the Public
130(1)
Socializing
130(1)
Why People Join Interest Groups
131(1)
Types of Interest Groups
132(1)
Economic
132(1)
Noneconomic
132(1)
Mixed
132(1)
Factors that Affect Interest Group Power
133(4)
Culture of Nonparticipation
132(1)
Party Competition
133(1)
Part-Time Legislature
134(1)
Decentralization of Executive Branch Power
134(1)
Law
134(1)
The Media
134(1)
Constituent Influence
135(1)
Interest Groups as Checks on Interest Groups
136(1)
Campaign Contributions
136(1)
Conclusions About Balance in the Political System
137(2)
The Regulation of Lobbying
139(2)
Who Must Register and Report Lobbying Costs?
139(1)
What Does a Lobbyist Report?
139(1)
What Is Not Reported as Lobbying that Affects Lobbying?
140(1)
Access to the Reports of Lobbyists
141(1)
Reporting to Clients
141(1)
The Craft of Lobbying
141(3)
Before the Legislature
141(1)
Before Administrative Agencies
142(1)
Before the Courts
143(1)
Which Interests Are Powerful?
144(2)
Interest Group Dynamics
146(1)
Conclusions and Observations
147(1)
Key Terms
148(1)
Review Questions
148(1)
Logging On
149(1)
Get Active!
149(1)
Recent Developments
150(2)
Essay: Big Money in a Big State: Campaign Financing and Representative Democracy in Texas
152(3)
John David Rausch, Jr.
Essay: Interest Groups and their Role in Implementing the Children's Health Insurance Program in Texas
155(4)
Mitzi Mahoney
The Legislature: Organization and Structure
159(24)
Geographic Districts
160(4)
Qualifications for Membership
164(3)
Formal Qualifications
164(1)
Informal Qualifications
164(3)
Organization of the Texas Legislature
167(5)
Presiding Officers
167(3)
Legislative Committees
170(1)
Legislative Staff
171(1)
Amateurism in Texas Legislature
172(3)
Terms
172(1)
Compensation
173(1)
The Limited Session
174(1)
Conclusion
175(1)
Key Terms
176(1)
Review Questions
176(1)
Logging On
176(1)
Get Active!
177(1)
Recent Developments
178(1)
Essay: Legislative Redistricting and the 2002 Elections
179(4)
Brian K. Dille
The Legislative Process
183(26)
Powers of the Presiding Officers
184(14)
Procedural Tools of Leadership
185(11)
Institutional Tools of Leadership
196(2)
Restraints on Powers of Presiding Officers
198(2)
Personality
198(1)
The Team
198(1)
The Lobby and Bureaucracy
198(1)
The Governor
199(1)
Political Climate
199(1)
Political or Economic Ambition
200(1)
Other Legislators
200(1)
Conclusion
200(1)
Key Terms
201(1)
Review Questions
201(1)
Logging On
201
Get Active!
177(26)
Recent Developments
203(2)
Essay: 5 PACs United for GOP House Groups Gave $1.7 Million for Twenty-two Races, Winning Seventeen; Biggest Backers Driving Business Agenda
205(2)
Christy Hoppe
Essay: Lobbyists Lining Up Behind New GOP Leadership Groups Feel Heat for Backing Losers
207(2)
Ken Herman
Dave McNeely
The Governor
209(22)
Qualifications, Tenure, and Staff
211(4)
Formal Qualifications
211(1)
Informal Criteria
211(2)
Tenure, Removal, and Succession
213(1)
Compensation
214(1)
Staff
214(1)
Tools of Persuasion
215(9)
Legislative Tools of Persuasion
215(4)
Executive Tools of Persuasion
219(4)
Governor as Party Chief
223(1)
Conclusion
224(1)
Key Terms
224(1)
Review Questions
225(1)
Logging On
225(1)
Get Active!
226(1)
Recent Developments
226(2)
Essay: Texas Gubernatorial Appointments
228(3)
Patricia Caperton Parent
The Bureaucracy
231(30)
Characteristics of Bureaucracy
232(5)
Size
232(2)
Neutrality
234(1)
Hierarchy
235(2)
Expertise
237(1)
The Bureaucracy and Public Policy
237(8)
Clientele Groups
237(1)
The Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker
238(1)
The Governor
238(1)
The Iron Texas Star
239(1)
Public Support
240(1)
Expertise
241(1)
Information
241(1)
Administration of the Law
241(1)
Accountability
241(4)
The Texas Administration
245(7)
Elected Executives
246(3)
Appointed Executives
249(1)
Boards and Commissions
250(2)
Conclusion
252(2)
Key Terms
254(1)
Review Questions
254(1)
Logging On
254(1)
Get Active!
255(1)
Recent Developments
255(2)
Essay: Agencies and Influence--A Special Case in the Public Utilities Commission of Texas: ``What a Tangled Web....''
257(4)
Christy Kaupert
The Judiciary
261(30)
Civil and Criminal Cases
263(1)
Original and Appellate Jurisdiction
264(1)
Court Organization
264(11)
Municipal Courts
264(3)
Justices of the Peace
267(1)
County Courts
268(1)
District Courts
269(1)
Courts of Appeals
270(1)
Court of Criminal Appeals
271(3)
Supreme Court
274(1)
Juries
275(2)
The Grand Jury
275(1)
The Petit (Trial) Jury
276(1)
Selection of Judges
277(1)
The Politics of Judicial Selection in Texas
278(3)
Conclusion
281(1)
Key Terms
282(1)
Review Questions
282(1)
Logging On
282(1)
Get Active!
283(1)
Recent Developments
284(1)
Essay: Runaway Campaign Contributions in Texas Supreme Court Races: Causes, Impact, and Proposed Reforms
285(6)
John C. Domino
Law and Due Process
291(36)
Civil Law
292(2)
Types of Civil Law
292(2)
Issues in Civil Law
294(1)
The Elements of Crime
294(6)
The Crime
294(2)
The Criminal
296(3)
The Victim
299(1)
Law Enforcement
300(5)
State Agencies
301(1)
Local Agencies
301(1)
Prevention of Crime
301(1)
Detection of Crime
302(1)
Enforcement of Law
302(1)
Gathering Evidence
303(1)
Arrest
304(1)
Detention
304(1)
The Courts
305(7)
Pretrial Court Activities
306(1)
Formal Charges
307(1)
Pretrial Hearings
308(1)
Plea Bargaining
308(1)
The Trial
309(1)
Post-Trial Proceedings
310(1)
The Special Case of Juvenile Courts
311(1)
Rehabilitation and Punishment
312(3)
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
313(1)
Clemency
314(1)
Texas Youth Commission
314(1)
Jails
314(1)
Conclusion
315(1)
Key Terms
316(1)
Review Questions
317(1)
Logging On
317(1)
Get Active!
318(1)
Recent Developments
318(2)
Essay: In Search of a Solution to America's Drug Problem: Will History Repeat Itself?
320(7)
Orlando N. Bama
Taxing and Budgeting
327(20)
Revenues
328(11)
Taxation
329(3)
Issues in Taxation
332(3)
Tax Rates
335(2)
Other Revenues
337(2)
The Budgetary Process
339(2)
Conclusion
341(1)
Key Terms
341(1)
Review Questions
342(1)
Logging On
342(1)
Get Active!
342(1)
Recent Developments
343(4)
Essay: Possible Texas Tax Reforms
344(3)
Albert Luther Ellis III
Spending and Services
347(24)
Education in Texas
349(9)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
349(2)
The Politics of Public Education
351(4)
Higher Education
355(3)
Health and Human Services
358(5)
Health Programs
358(1)
Mental Health Programs
359(1)
Unemployment Programs
359(1)
Human-Service Programs
360(1)
The Politics of ``Welfare''
360(3)
Transportation
363(1)
Highway Programs
363(1)
The Politics of Transportation
364(1)
Conclusion
364(1)
Key Terms
365(1)
Review Questions
365(1)
Logging On
365(1)
Get Active!
366(1)
Recent Developments
366(2)
Essay: Vouchers, Charters, and School Choice in Texas
368(3)
Barry L. Price
Local Government
371(30)
Municipalities
373(12)
Forms of Government
374(2)
Municipal-Election Systems
376(2)
Revenue Sources and Limitations
378(2)
Issues and Trends
380(5)
Counties
385(5)
Functions of Counties
385(1)
Structure and Organization of Counties
386(2)
Issues and Trends
388(2)
Special Districts: The Hidden Governments
390(3)
Issues and Trends
390(3)
Councils of Governments (COGs)
393(1)
Conclusion
394(1)
Key Terms
394(1)
Review Questions
395(1)
Logging On
395(1)
Web Exercise
396(1)
Get Active!
396(1)
Recent Developments
396(2)
Essay: Be Careful How You Attempt to Widen the ``Scope of Conflict'': A Professor's Tale of Getting Out the Student Vote in an Obscure Local Election
398(3)
Rick Henderson
Glossary 401(10)
Index 411


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