Living Democracy, 2010 Update, Texas Edition / Edition 2

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This update includes coverage of the seismic changes that have taken place across our political landscape since the second edition published and Barack Obama took office. In addition, this update features many new photos and updated tables and figures reflecting the most recent data available.

  • Chapter 3 (Federalism): Includes updated data on federal grants-in-aid and local and special governments.
  • Chapter 4 (The Judiciary): Features coverage of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as new data on the number of court petitions and cases heard during the most recent Supreme Court term.
  • Chapter 5 (Civil Liberties): Provides new information on cases related to the fourth and sixth amendments.
  • Chapter 6 (Civil Rights): Provides updated data on educational attainment and income by race as well as workers’ earnings by occupation.
  • Chapter 7 (Congress): Features a new opening vignette addressing the rowdy town hall meetings on health care reform during the summer of 2009; discusses the impact of Senator Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party; examines the issue of civility and Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s address to Congress in September of 2009; includes updates on the wealthiest Congressional members based on 2009 survey results; and provides updated data on the standing committees and the occupations, education, party profile, and gender composition of the 111th Congress.
  • Chapter 8 (The Presidency): Includes a new opening vignette on the difference between campaigning and governing, using Obama’s campaign and early months of governance as an example; provides updated information on President Obama’s Cabinet and the 2009 Executive Office of the President, as well as updated information on presidential vetoes; examines Vice President Joe Biden’s likely role and impact; and includes coverage and analysis of C-Span’s 2009 ranking of American Presidents.
  • Chapter 9 (Bureaucracy): Updates data on the number of federal employees and departments in the executive branch of the federal government.
  • Chapter 10 (Political Socialization and Public Opinion): Provides new information comparing public opinion about health care in America with that of public opinion in Europe; includes updated data on public opinion related to abortion; and highlights updated data on women in the federal government, family life and poverty, and earnings by education level.
  • Chapter 11 (Politics of the Media): Examines allegations about the death of newspapers; provides updated data on internet access; includes new research on misperceptions about the War in Iraq correlated to people’s primary sources of news; and includes improved coverage of pseudo events, including former President George W. Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” landing on an aircraft carrier.
  • Chapter 13 (Interest Groups): Updates data on types of interest groups and spending on inside lobbying.
  • Chapter 14 (Elections and Participation in America): Features a new opening vignette on close elections, highlighting the impact of Minnesota’s close Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken; and includes updated data on the incumbent fundraising advantage in the 2008 election.
  • Chapter 16 (Public Policy in the United States): Includes a new opening vignette detailing the battle over health care reform and new information on Obama Administration policies throughout the chapter.
  • Chapter 17 (Making Economic Policy): Features a new opening vignette dealing with the origins of the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and includes new data on the unemployment rate and misery index, federal deficits and surpluses, and percentages of health-care-related spending.
  • Chapter 18 (Foreign and National Security Policy): Introduces a new opening vignette on the subject of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win; provides coverage and analysis of Obama’s failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago; and includes updated information on Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy role and President Obama’s National Security Council.
  • Chapter 19 (The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics): Includes updated data on the ethnic and racial composition of Texas, wealth and income distribution, and the largest cities in Texas.
  • Chapter 21 (Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas): Provides information on David Barton, the president and founder of Wallbuilders and Cathie Adams, the new chair of the Republican Party in Texas; and includes updates on the in-roads made by Democrats in the state legislature.
  • Chapter 22 (The Texas Legislature): Discusses the impact of the selection of Republican Joe Straus as the new Speaker; includes a new section on major legislative issues; and includes updates to the comparative profile of Texas legislators.
  • Chapter 23 (Texas Executive and Bureaucracy): Includes updates on the salary and perks of the governor’s office; updates data on employment by state and local governments; and updates information on Sunset Action in 2009.
  • Chapter 24 (The Texas Judiciary): Features a new pathways profile on Justice Eva Guzman, who in 2009 became the first Hispanic woman appointed to serve on the Texas Supreme Court; updates the diagram outlining the court structure of Texas; and provides updated data on capital punishment cases and executions.
  • Chapter 25 (Local Government in Texas): Supplies new information about legal attacks on at-large elections; provides updated data on the ten largest and smallest Texas counties; and updates comparison information between the U.S. and Texas governments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205799961
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations of American Government

1 American Government: Democracy in Action

2 Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework

Part Two: The Institutions of American Government

3 Federalism

4 The Judiciary

5 Civil Liberties

6 Civil Rights

7 Congress

8 The Presidency

Part Three: The American Public and the Democratic Process

9 Bureaucracy

10 Political Socialization and Public Opinion

11 The Politics of the Media

12 Civic and Political Engagement

13 Interest Groups

14 Elections and Political Participation in America

Part Four: Public Policy

15 Political Parties

16 Public Policy in the United States

17 Making Economic Policy

18 Foreign and National Security Policy

19 The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics

20 The Texas Constitution

21 Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas

22 The Texas Legislature

23 The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy

24 The Texas Judiciary

25 Local Government in Texas

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