ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS lives up to its name as a text that truly the covers the essentials-the key concepts-that you need to understand in order to succeed in the Texas Politics course. This concise yet comprehensive overview compares the reality of Texas to the democratic ideal through a thought-provoking reform orientation. ESSENTIALSOF TEXAS POLITICS will engage you to think about controversial issues that will motivate you to participate in class debate.
"I especially like the three themes chosen by the authors of the text. They are timely and appropriate for the study of Texas government."
This text engages students in an unbiased study of the conflicting realities that make up Texas government and politics, examining the state's political parties and ideologies, campaigns and elections, the legislature, local government, and public policy issues, and comparing what's happening in the world of Texas politics against democratic ideals of participation, majority rule, and protection of minority rights. Critical thought and debate are encouraged. This eighth edition contains new Web sections. Kraemer is affiliated with the University of Texas-Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Richard Kraemer served 21 years of active duty in the Air Force before starting his teaching career. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin, in 1970 and has been a faculty member there since 1965. His field is American Government, specializing in Texas Politics and National Security Policy. He is the author and co-author of over a dozen books, mostly about Texas politics, as well as other publications. Dr. Kraemer is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and a national award from the Arnold Air Society.
Charldean Newell, a Fort Worth native (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is also the co-author of THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER (ICMA Press, 2004) and CITY EXECUTIVES (SUNY Press, 1989), and recently edited MANAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CASES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (ICMA Press, 2009). She has received four national awards: honorary lifetime membership in the International City/County Management Association, the Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Donald C. Stone Award in intergovernmental relations from the American Society for Public Administration, and elective membership in the National Academy of Public Administration. Her 37 years at the University of North Texas included awards from students, colleagues, and alumni.
David Prindle (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has published research in the areas of voting and parties, energy policy, the presidency, and the politics of the entertainment media. His first book, PETROLEUM POLITICS AND THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION, won the V.O. Key, Jr. Award, given by the Southern Political Science Association to the best book on Southern politics. He also has written THE POLITICS OF GLAMOUR: IDEOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD. Professor Prindle is a past recipient of both the Allen Shivers Award for the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, given to the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.
1. The Context of Texas Politics. 2. The Constitutional Setting. 3. Interest Groups. 4. Political Parties. 5. Voters, Campaigns, and Elections. 6. The Texas Legislature. 7. The Governor and State Administration. 8. The Judiciary and the System of Justice. 9. Local Government. 10. The State Economy and the Financing of State Government. 11. Issues in Public Policy. Glossary. Index.