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Published annually at the start of each year this text provides unmatched currency and is the first student-centered American government text. It provides instructors who normally choose either a big, brief, or essentials text with scholarly, succinct, and conventionally organized core content; and a magazine format that engages students and motivates active participation in our democracy. All this, and at a price that students prefer.
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The Texas edition includes 10 additional chapters on the government and politics of the Lone Star State including the Texas Constitution, political parties, the legislature, the governor and executive branch, the judicial system, local government, and financing state government.
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AmGov Texas Edition Chapter 1: Citizenship in Our Changing DemocracyPolitics, Power, and ParticipationTypes of GovernmentPolitical PowerParticipation and DemocracyAmerican Political IdealsThe Changing Face of the American CitizenryGrowing DiversityGrowing OlderGrowing ApartThe Future of CitizenshipChapter 2: The Constitution: The Foundation of Citizens' RightsThe Foundations of American DemocracyEarly ColonizationEconomic DistressDeclaration of IndependenceThe Birth of a NationThe Articles of Confederation: A DocumentWhose Time Had Come and GoneThe Road to PhiladelphiaA New Constitution Is BornRegional TensionsConstitutional PrinciplesLiberal Democratic PrinciplesSeparation of Powers and Checks and BalancesFederalismConstitutional ConstructionThe Fight for RatificationAntifederalist OppositionThe Battle in the StatesMaking Good on a PromiseConstitutional ChangeAmending the ConstitutionInstitutional AdaptationJudicial ReviewExpanding the FranchiseThe Constitution and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 3: Federalism: Citizenship and the Dispersal of PowerThe Division of PowerPrevailing Models for Dispersing PowerThe Federalist SolutionThe Evolution of Intergovernmental RelationsThe National Government Asserts Itself: 1789-1832Dual Federalism, Disunion, and War: 1832-1865Federalism in the Age of Commerce: 1865-1932The New Deal and the Growth of National Power: 1932-1937Cooperative Federalism: 1937-1960sCreative Federalism: 1960s-1970sNew Federalism and the Devolution of Power: 1980-PresentFederal-State RelationsFiscal RelationsPolitical RelationsConstitutional IssuesInterstate RelationsCooperation and CompetitionInnovation in the StatesFederalism and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 4: Civil Liberties: Expanding Citizens' RightsHeritage of Rights and LibertiesThe Constitution and RightsThe Bill of RightsIncorporationThe Modern Emphasis on RightsFreedom of ReligionFree Exercise ClauseCongress and Religious FreedomEstablishment ClauseReligion and Public SchoolsReligious Use of Public School Facilities and FundsPrayer in SchoolAid to Religious SchoolGovernment Endorsement of ReligionFreedom of SpeechPolitical SpeechCampaign SpeechCommercial SpeechSymbolic SpeechBoundaries of Free SpeechObscenityDefamationHate SpeechFreedom of the PressPrior RestraintGovernment Control of Media ContentSpecial RightsFreedom of Assembly and AssociationFreedom of AssemblyFreedom of AssociationRight to Keep and Bear ArmsRights of the AccusedThe Fourth Amendment: Searches and SeizuresThe Fifth Amendment: Self-IncriminationThe Sixth Amendment: Right to CounselThe Sixth Amendment: Trial by JuryThe Eighth Amendment: Cruel and Unusual PunishmentThe Right to PrivacyAbortionThe Right to DieCivic Engagement and Constitutional LibertiesChapter 5: Civil Rights: Toward a More Equal CitizenryAfrican Americans and Civil RightsSlaveryDred ScottThe Civil War and ReconstructionSegregationVoting BarriersNAACPModern Era of Civil RightsCivil Rights MobilizationCivil Rights LegislationRetrospectiveInterpreting EqualityJudicial TestsAffirmative ActionRacial ClassificationCurrent Impact on EducationContinuing ControversyOther Minority GroupsNative AmericansHispanic AmericansAsian AmericansDisabled AmericansAmerican SeniorsGay and Lesbian AmericansWomen and Civil RightsWomen's Mobilization ErasEarly Women's Movement: 1840-1875The Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920The Second Women's Rights Movement: 1961-PresentCurrent IssuesWorkplace EqualitySexual HarrassmentWomen's Role in the MilitaryCivic Engagement and Civil RightsChapter 6: Public Opinion: Listening to CitizensUnderstanding Public Opinion in the Context of American PoliticsThe Nature of Public OpinionChanges in Assessing and Using Public OpinionHow Political Opinions Are FormedThe Process of SocializationAgents of Political SocializationGroup Differences in Political OpinionsRacial and Ethnic IdentityGenderGeographyMeasuring Public OpinionDimensions of Public OpinionTypes of PollsPolling TechniquesWho Is Asked? Selecting the SampleWhat Is Asked? Paying Attention to the QuestionsThe Content of American Public OpinionPolitical KnowledgeConfidence in Government InstitutionsTrust in GovernmentPolitical EfficacySupport for Democratic ValuesPolitical IdeologiesPublic Opinion and Public PolicyPublic Opinion and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 7: Political Participation: Equal Opportunities and Unequal VoicesPolitical Participation: Opportunities, Costs, and BenefitsCharacteristics of Political ParticipationAmount of Information ConveyedVariation in Frequency and Strength of Messages ConveyedIngredients for InvolvementAccess to ResourcesPolitical EngagementMobilizationVotingWho Votes? Who Doesn't? Factors Influencing Voter TurnoutOther Forms of Political ParticipationBeyond Voting: Activities That Require More TimeBeyond Voting: Acitivities That Require More SkillBeyond Voting: Activities That Require MoneyThe Impact of Participation Patterns on PolicyParticipation and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 8: Interest Groups in AmericaOrganized Interests: Who Are TheyNeighbors or Adversaries? Distinctive FeaturesThe Roots of Interest Group Politics in AmericaInterest Groups on the RiseThe Advocacy ExplosionWho Interests Are Represented? Who Has the Numbers? Who Has the Money? Who Interests Are Not Represented? Why Join? Material IncentivesSolidary IncentivesPurposive IncentivesAssessing MotivesInterest Group StrategiesLobbying and Other TacticsLobbyingFinancing CampaignsAccessing the CourtsGrass Roots MobilationCoalition FormationProtestsInterest Groups and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 9: Parties and Political Campaigns: Citizens and the Electoral Process Political Parties and Electoral PoliticsThe Nature of PartiesWhy Two Parties? Growth and Development of Our Two-Party SystemThe Evolution of American Political Parties: Five Party Eras1968 to PresentParty RealignmentBuilt to Win: Party StructureNational CommitteesCongressional and Senatorial Campaign CommitteesState CommitteesLocal Party OrganizationsPrecinct OrganizationsThird Parties and Independent CandidaciesCandidates and Electoral Politics: Candidate-Centered CampaigningCandidates, Money, and ExpertiseCandidates and the PartiesCandidate CommunicationVoters in the Electoral Process: How Americans DecideParty ChoiceIssuesCandidate CharacteristicsParties, Political Campaigns, and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 10: Media: Tuning In or Turning OutEvolving Civic Life and Media ChangesEarly DaysPartisan PressPenny PressYellow JournalismBroadcast MediaThe Media TodayThe Media Environment in AmericaPrivate OwnershipOwnership LimitsContent RegulationEmphasis on EntertainmentAdversarial JournalismPolitical Bias? Media and Political CampaignsFree MediaPresidential DebatesPaid MediaThe InternetGame CoverageCharacter Issue (Probing Personal Lives)Election Night CoverageGovernment Coverage in the MediaCovering the PresidentCovering CongressCovering the Supreme CourtThe Media and Civic Engagement TodayChapter 11: Congress: Doing the People's BusinessOrigins and Powers of CongressCivic Life and Congressional ChangeBuilding the InstitutionThe Era of ReformThe Resurgent Executive BranchThe Rights Revolution and Congress TodayGetting ElectedResourcesThe Incumbency FactorMidterm ElectionsRedistrictingDoing the Job: Responsibilities and BenefitsRepresenting the PeoplePay and PerksHome-Style PoliticsDealing with Organized InterestsWorking with OthersKeys to Political PowerThe Committee SystemPartyPositionProceduresThe Functions of CongressLawmakingDeclaring WarImpeachmentOversightBudgetingAdvice and ConsentCivic Engagement and Congress TodayChapter 12: The Presidency: Power and ParadoxOrigins and Powers of the PresidencyConstitutional ProvisionsCrafting the Office: From Washington to RooseveltThe Modern PresidencyThe Path to the PresidencyGetting ElectedFundraisingPrimary SweepstakesParty ConventionsThe General ElectionPresidential PowerChief ExecutiveCommander in ChiefChief DiplomatChief of StateLawmakerPresidential RolesParty LeaderEconomic LeaderOpinion LeaderThe Executive BranchCabinetExecutive Office of the PresidentPresidential StyleAssessing Presidential Power and Its LimitsThe Vice PresidentCivic Engagement and the Presidency TodayChapter 13: Bureaucracy: Citizens As Owners and ConsumersBureaucratic Changes and Evolving Civic LifeGrowth of BureaucracyThe Early BureaucracyThe Reform EraBureaucracy TodayThe Nature of BureaucracyFederal Bureaucrats and Their WorkWho Are They? What Do They Do? Organization of the Federal BureaucracySources of Bureaucratic PowerExternal SupportExpertise and DiscretionLongevity and VitalityLeadershipControlling Bureaucratic PowerCongressional ControlsPresidential ControlsJudicial ControlsWhistle BlowingThe Bureaucracy and Civic EngagementChapter 14: The Courts: Judicial Power in a Democratic SettingNational Court StructureDistrict CourtsUnited States Courts of AppealsUnited States Supreme CourtSpecialized CourtsNature of the Judicial ProcessCommon LawJudicial ReviewCivil and Criminal LawJudicial RequirementsReal Cases and ControversiesChanging Nature of the Supreme CourtThe Early CourtThe Court, Business, and Social WelfareThe Court and Personal RightsSupreme Court Decision MakingAgenda DecisionsVoting DecisionsExplaining DecisionsImplementing DecisionsUnderstanding DecisionsSupreme Court SelectionNominationNomination CriteriaSenate ConfirmationLower Court SelectionCivic Engagement and the JudiciaryChapter 15: Public Policy: Responding to CitizensThe Nature and Scope of Public PolicyPolicy Making and EvaluationProblem RecognitionAgenda SettingPolicy FormationPolicy Adoption and ImplementationPolicy EvaluationExplaining Policy OutcomesDomestic PolicyProtecting the EnvironmentHelping the PoorEconomic PolicyFiscal PolicyMonetary PolicyGlobal Economic PolicyCivic Engagement and Public Policy TodayChapter 16: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting American Interests in the WorldDefense and Foreign Policy in Historical PerspectiveFinding a Place in the WorldBecoming an International PowerThe Nuclear AgeThe Growing Threat of TerrorismDefending U.S. Interests in a Constantly Changing WorldDefining National InterestsUnderstanding Nation-State Dynamics and Strategic ChoicesMaking Foreign PolicyThe Primacy of the Executive BranchCongress's RoleOther ActorsThe Public's RoleTools of Foreign PolicyMilitary PowerDiplomacyForeign AidWorking with International OrganizationsConfronting the FutureThe Terrorist ThreatThe Nuclear ThreatThreats Posed by Regional ConflictsThe Rise of ChinaCivic Engagement and Foreign Policy TodayChapter 17: Texas and the TexansOrigins and SettlementsNative PeoplesSpanish Explorers and Mexican SettlersAmerican SettlersThe SlavesThe Political Culture of TexasThe Physical Geography and Early Economy of TexasSouth TexasEast TexasThe Gulf CoastNorth TexasThe Hill CountryWest TexasTexas TodayCultural DiversityUrbanizationEconomic DiversificationFuture ProspectsPro-Business ClimateEducated WorkforceInclusion and EmpowermentChapter 18: The Texas ConstitutionThe Constitutional History of Texas1827 Coahuila y Tejas Constitution1836 Republic of Texas Constitution1845 U.S. Statehood Constitution1861 C.S.A. Statehood Constitution1866 Presidential Reconstruction Constitution1869 Congressional Reconstruction Constitution1876 Texas ConstitutionThe Texas Constitution TodayBill of RightsLegislative BranchExecutive BranchJudicial BranchLocal GovernmentAmendmentsThe Prospects for Constitutional Reform in TexasConstitutional Convention of 1974 and Its AftermathThe Future of Constitutional Reform in TexasChapter 19: Political Participation in TexasThe Evolution of Suffrage in TexasPost-Civil War ExclusionRestrictions on Voter RegistrationPoll TaxWhite PrimaryFederal InterventionThe Voting Rights Act and Its AmendmentsModern Voter Registration and TurnoutVoter QualificationsVoter RegistrationVoter TurnoutThe Decision to Vote (Or Not)Who VotesWhy Texans Don't VotePolitical CampaignsCampaign Staff: Professionals and AmateursCampaign FinanceStyle and ToneTypes of Elections in TexasPrimary ElectionsGeneral ElectionsSpecial ElectionsElectoral Reform PossibilitiesChapter 20: Interest Groups in TexasInterest Groups in TexasBusiness InterestsProfessional InterestsAgricultural InterestsOrganized LaborEthnic GroupsReligious GroupsSingle-Issue GroupsPublic Interest GroupsInterest Group Activities and ResourcesLobbying Government OfficialsLobbying the PublicCampaign SupportLitigationRegulating Interest Groups and LobbyistsChapter 21: Political Parties in TexasMajor Party Organization in TexasPrecinct-Level OrganizationCounty- and District-Level OrganizationState-Level OrganizationMinor Parties, Independents, and Write-InsThe Evolution of Partisan Conflict in TexasThe Democratic AscendancyThe Rise of the Republican PartyThe Republican AscendancyThe Great Texas Redistricting Battle, 2001-2006The FutureChapter 22: The Texas LegislatureService in the Texas LegislatureFormal QualificationsMember CharacteristicsSessions, Salaries, and SupportTurnover and ExperienceParties and Leaders in the Texas LegislatureThe Speaker of the HouseThe Lieutenant GovernorThe TeamLegislative Institutions and Leadership PowerLimits on Legislative LeadershipThe Committee SystemStanding CommitteesSpecial or Temporary CommitteesHow a Bill Becomes a LawIntroduction and ReferralCommittee ActionCalendar AssignmentFloor ActionConference CommitteeThe GovernorReforming the Texas LegislatureChapter 23: The Governor and Executive BranchThe GovernorFormal QualificationsInformal QualificationsFormal PowersInformal PowersSingle-Elected AdministratorsSingle-Appointed AdministratorsElected Boards and CommissionsAppointed Boards and CommissionsBureaucratic ReformChapter 24: The Judicial System in TexasThe Structure of Texas CourtsTrial CourtsAppellate CourtsDual High CourtsSelection of Texas Judges and JuriesTexas JudgesTexas JuriesAre the Texas Courts Just? Money in Judicial ElectionsIncarceration and Execution in TexasJudicial ReformChapter 25: Texas Public PolicyThe Budgetary ProcessBudgetary PreparationBudget Consideration and ApprovalExpenditures: Where the Money GoesEducationHealth and Human ServicesBusiness, Transportation, and Economic DevelopmentPrisons and Public SafetyParks and RecreationThe Tax BurdenRevenues: Where the Money Comes FromWho Bears the Burden? The IssuesEducationEconomic DevelopmentChapter 26: Local Governments in TexasTexas as a Federal SystemThe CountiesOrigins and PurposesStructure of County GovernmentCommissioners CourtCounty JudgeOther County AdministratorsCounty Law EnforcementCities and MunicipalitiesGeneral-Law and Home-Rule CitiesIncorporation and AnnexationForms of City GovernmentMunicipal ElectionsCitizen Participation and Voter TurnoutSpecial DistrictsTypes of Special DistrictsSchool DistrictsCouncils of GovernmentsCounty and Municipal ReformAppendixThe Declaration of IndependenceThe Constitution of the United States of AmericaFederalist Paper No. 10 (James Madison)Federalist Paper No. 51 (James Madison)EndnotesCreditsIndex