Practicing Texas Politics

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  • Edition: 12th
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  • Copyright: 2003-08-18
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Practicing Texas Politicsleads the field with its comprehensive, accessible, and practical treatment of Texas politics. The survey style includes coverage of public policy as well as readings in each chapter relevant to the chapter topic. TheHow Do We Compare?feature compares Texas policies to those of the next three most populous states--California, New York, and Florida--as well as contiguous states. Some boxed features include information about Mexican states that border Texas. End of chapter features promote class discussion and help students review and find resources for papers and class activities. Points to Ponderfeatures provide less-known facts about Texas to stimulate students' interest in their home state.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter contains Looking Ahead, a Chapter Summary, Notes, and Key Terms and Concepts
The Environment of Texas Politics
Texas Beef Group v. Oprah Winfrey
Political Behavior Patterns
The Land The People Some Social and Economic Policy Issues
Meeting New Challenges
Selected Readings
Into Texas
Juan Seguiacute;n, a Tejano Hero
Pomp and Circumstance as Juarez Gets Water Treatment
Online Universities Opening New Doors, Lieutenant Governor
Federalism and the Texas Constitution
The American Federal Structure
The Texas Constitution: Politics of Policymaking
Today: After More Than a Century of Usage
The Amendment Process
Constitutional Revision
The Initiative and Referendum Movement
The Texas Constitution: A Summary
Selected Readings
Texas Constitution: A Patchwork Quilt?
The 2000 Census: What It Means to Be Counted in Texas
Local Governments
Overview of Grassroots Problems
Municipal Governments
Counties Special Districts
Metropolitan Areas
Selected Readings
A Tale of Two Cities
Delayed Repairs: Stella Moore Versus Dallas
Tobacco-Settlement Money: Windfalls Ignite Political Fires
The Politics of Elections and Parties
Looking Back The Politics of Elections Party Structure
Political Democracy Trends from Recent Electoral Contests
Racial/Ethnic Politics Gender Politics
Political Campaigns Selected Readings
Counting Votes in Taylor County
Texas Democrats Are Looking for a Second Wind
Attracting Hispanics Is Crucial to the Texas GOP's Future, Bill Clements
The Politics of Interest Groups
Interest Groups in the Political Process
Organization of Interest Groups
Classification of Interest Groups
Interest Group Activities
Techniques of Interest Groups
Regulation of Interest Group Politics
Interest Group Power and Public Policy
Interest Group Power Linkage
Pinpointing Political Power
Selected Readings
Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS): Working Together to Improve Communities
The Texas League of Women Voters
Hired-Gun Control: Check Lobby Clout, Austin American-Statesman
The Legislature A Preliminary View
Legislative Framework
Compensation Membership Powers and Immunities
Presiding Officers
Committee System
Legislative Caucus System
Procedure Influences within the Legislative Environment
Progress Toward Legislative Reform
Selected Readings
Lobbying in the Next Millennium: Technology and Trends
Legislative Misbehavior
GOP's Krusee Predicts a Redistricting Romp
Hired Gun
The Executive Overview of the Governorship
Powers of the Governor
The Plural Executive
Selected Readings
Capitol Crimes: Bush and the Lege
The Veto
Bully Pulpit
Public Policy and Administration
State Employees Education
Social Services
Economic Policies
Environmental Issues
Too Many Agencies?
Selected Readings
A Problem-Plagued State Agency
Tales from Stateside
Texas Universities Need More Than Money
Law, Courts, and Justice An Introduction to Texas's
Justice System
State Law in Texas
Courts, Judges, and Lawyers Juries Judicial Procedures
Correction and Rehabilitation Juvenile
Justice Problems and Reforms: Implications for Public Policy
Selected Readings
Your Day in Small Claims Court
Elite Law Firm on a Mission in Hopwood Case
Texas Prison Myths...and Realities
Revenues, Expenditures, and Fiscal Policy
Looking Back Enduring Policy Issues
Traditional Fiscal Policies
Politics of Budgeting and Fiscal Management
Politics of Revenue and Debt Management
Politics of Spending
Selected Readings
Taxing Texas into the Future: What Will the Internet Mean?
Itching for Scratchers
Hither to Yon, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Selected Sources for Research and Reading Electronic Sources
Printed Sources
Web Sites, Books, and Articles for Chapters
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