Understanding American Politics and Government, Texas Edition

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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In an election year that has defied expectations, scuttled predictions, and demonstrated that "politics as usual" is often anything but, a distinctive new textbook publishes that helps students make sense of our politics and government. This engaging new bookrs"s unique approach emphasizes and explores causal questions in American politics. It gives students critical thinking toolstools pulled directly from a social scientistrs"s playbookto start answering those questions, see past todayrs"s headlines, and understand why things really happen in our political world. In a clear, straightforward style brimming with rich, real world examples, this exciting new text not only covers the fundamentals of American government and politics in a highly accessible, engaging fashion, it arms students with the tools to separate political fact from fiction. Using this book, students will develop the skills to see through the simplistic sound bites and partisan assertions theyrs"re subjected to by the pundits and politicians. Students reading this text will be fitted with armor against the partisan bickering and hyperbolic media coverage that causes so many of them to become cynical about politics. They will come away from the text not only excited by political questions, but with the means to explore possible answers as more thoughtful, critical, and empowered citizens. *Same materials as Comprehensive version + 8 additional state specific chapters

Table of Contents

Thinking About American Politics
Political Culture
The Constitution
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Public Opinion
Political Participation
Voting, Elections, and Campaigns
Media and Politics
Political Parties
Interest Groups
The Federal Court System
The Bureaucracy
Economic and Social Policy
Foreign Policy
State and Local Governments
The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
The Texas Constitution
Interest Gropus, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas
The Texas Legislature
The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy
The Texas Judiciary
Local Government in Texas: Citites, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts
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