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Written to be readable and accessible, Politics and Government in the Lone Star State takes both a journalistic and political science approach. This book concentrates on the changes in demographic, political, economic, and social—that contribute to the configuration of contemporary Texas politics. Using theory, research of other scholars, observation, anecdotes, and humor, the authors examine the nuances of change in mass political behavior and decisions of political actors at the state and local levels
Readable and engaging, the chapters cover the following topics: the social and economic milieu; the Texas Constitution; intergovernmental relationships; interest groups and power in Texas politics; the mass media; the party system; elections, campaigns, and political behavior; the Texas legislature; the Texas executive; bureaucracy and policy implementation; the judicial system in Texas; local government in Texas; and contemporary public policy issues.
An excellent reference resource for anyone interested in Texas governnment, including those in the political, judicial, and policy-making arenas.
|1||The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics||1|
|2||The Texas Constitution||32|
|4||Interest Groups and Power in Texas Politics||88|
|5||The Mass Media in Texas Politics||123|
|6||The Party System in Texas||157|
|7||Elections, Campaigns and Political Behavior||185|
|8||The Texas Legislature||221|
|9||The Texas Executive||268|
|10||The Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation||306|
|11||The judicial system in Texas||332|
|12||Local Governments in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts||371|
|13||Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas||418|