Practicing Texas Politics: A Brief Survey / Edition 8

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The concise and thorough coverage makes the Brief ideal for instructors who want to supplement it with additional readings or other texts, or use it to complement an American government text. Highlights of the text include broad, topical coverage of Texas government institutions, as well as supplementary readings at the end of each chapter that focus on contemporary Texas policy issues. These lively, original selections reflect the complexity of current issues and engage student interest by illustrating key points discussed in the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618437436
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyle C. Brown, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. 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). 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 involvement in Texas politics includes participation in precinct, county, and state conventions.

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College-Bryan and is the Director of Professional Development. She received her M.A. and J.D. from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. She was named the Blinn College-Bryan Academic Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. 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, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, is Chair of the Political Science Department at St. Mary's University. She has published articles on Latina politics and is a co-author of MEXICAN AMERICANS & THE LAW: EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO (2004). Sonia also is the lead author of POLITICAS: LATINA PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN TEXAS (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.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Looking Ahead, a Chapter Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Internet Resources, Notes, and a Selected Reading. 1. The Environment of Texas Politics Political Behavior Patterns The Land The People Searching for New Economic Directions Meeting New Challenges: Social and Economic Policy Issues 2. Federalism and the Texas Constitution The American Federal Structure The Texas Constitution: Politics of Policymaking Constitutional Amendments and Revision The Texas Constitution: A Summary 3. Local Governments Overview of Grassroots Problems Municipal Governments Counties Special Districts Metropolitan Areas 4. The Politics of Elections and Parties Voting Electoral Politics Party Structure Political Democracy Racial/Ethnic Politics Women in Politics Political Campaigns 5. The Politics of Interest Groups Interest Groups in the Political Process Organization of Interest Groups Classification of Interest Groups Interest Group Activities Techniques of Interest Groups Regulation of Interest Group Politics Interest Group Power and Public Policy Pinpointing Political Power 6. The Legislature A Preliminary View Legislative Framework Compensation Membership Powers and Immunities Presiding Officers Committee System Legislative Caucus System Procedure Influences Within the Legislative Environment 7. The Executive Looking Back Overview of the Governorship Powers of the Governor The Plural Executive 8. Bureaucracy, Public Policies, and Finance Role of Agencies State Employees Education Social Services Economic Policies Fiscal Policies Revenue Sources Budgeting and Fiscal Management Future Demands Environmental Issues Homeland Security 9. Laws, Courts, and Justice An Introduction to Texas's Justice System State Law in Texas Courts, Judges, and Lawyers Juries Judicial Procedures Correction and Rehabilitation Juvenile Justice Problems and Reforms: Implications for Public Policy

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