Practicing Texas Politics, 2009-2010 Update / Edition 13

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Overview

Comprehensive and current, this market-leading text combines a survey of Texas government with coverage of public policy and relevant readings in each chapter. Fully updated coverage in the Thirteenth Edition includes: the Growth of Texas's Diverse Population, Party Primaries and the General Election in 2008, the regular session of the 80th legislature, New Laws Affecting Texas Government, Policy Changes for Education and the Environment, and the State Budget for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547227634
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyle C. Brown is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at Baylor University, where he served as his department's director of graduate studies and as director of Baylor's Foreign Service Program. Other academic experience includes teaching at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas), Texas College of Arts & Industries (now Texas A&M University - Kingsville), and Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University). He was a postgraduate student at the Instituto Politecnico de Monterrey in Mexico and received his MA from the University of Oklahoma and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Lyle served as president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies. He is co-editor of RELIGION IN LATIN AMERICAN LIFE AND LITERATURE and author or co-author of articles in professional journals, anthologies, and textbooks. His personal involvement in Texas politics includes participation in precinct, county, and state conventions.

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College - Bryan and facilitates youth and adult leadership programs. She received her MA and JD from Baylor University and an MA from Fielding Graduate University. She is a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University. She has been named to WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS three times and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence and a "Most Valuable Player" award from San Jacinto College for her work there as a professor and an administrator. Joyce is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. She practiced law for a number of years and has been involved with politics at the local and state level.

Sonia Garcia is Professor at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where she serves as the graduate director for the Political Science program. She has also served as Chair of the Political Science Department. Sonia received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches courses in Texas politics, constitutional law, civil rights, and women and politics. She has published articles on Latina politics and is a co-author of MEXICAN AMERICANS & THE LAW: EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO, released in 2004. Sonia also is the lead author of another book entitled POLITICAS: LATINA PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN TEXAS, released in 2007, which examines the first Mexican-American women elected to public office in Texas from various levels of offices.

Ted A. Lewis is Dean of Instruction at Lone Star College - CyFair and continues to teach Texas government at the college level. He earned his MS from the University of North Texas in Denton and is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Ted has conducted workshops on Texas election procedure for the Texas Secretary of State and has served as a county party chairperson, on state political party executive committees, and on statewide candidate campaign advisory committees. Ted is listed in both WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN POLITICS and WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS.

Robert E. Biles has taught college students about Texas politics in Texas, Colombia, and Ecuador and to students in the free world and in Texas prisons. He is Professor and former Chair of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and has published 4 books and 25 scholarly articles. Bob has served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a member of the local school board, county political party chair, county election supervisor, state board member of a citizen's lobbying group, a member of advisory committees to the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and secretary and president of the Women's Caucus of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He has received four Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Latin America. He received his university's top award for research, his college's award for teaching, and the first university Faculty Senate award for administration.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Looking Ahead, a Chapter Summary, Key Terms, Learning Check Answers, Discussion Questions, Internet Resources, and Notes. 1. The Environment of Texas Politics. 2. Federalism and the Texas Constitution. 3. Local Governments. 4. Political Parties. 5. The Politics of Elections. 6. The Politics of Interest Groups. 7. The Legislature. 8. The Executive. 9. Public Policy and Administration. 10. Laws, Courts, and Justice. 11. Finance and Fiscal Policy.

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