Practicing Texas Politics / Edition 12

Practicing Texas Politics / Edition 12

by Lyle Brown, Joyce A. Langenegger, Sonia R. Garcia, Ted Lewis

Practicing Texas Politics leads the field with its comprehensive, accessible, and practical treatment of Texas politics. The survey style includes coverage of public policy as well as readings in each chapter relevant to the chapter topic.See more details below


Practicing Texas Politics leads the field with its comprehensive, accessible, and practical treatment of Texas politics. The survey style includes coverage of public policy as well as readings in each chapter relevant to the chapter topic.

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Cengage Learning
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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with Looking Ahead, a Chapter Summary, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, Internet Resources, and Notes. 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 Selected Readings: Populating Texas, Joe Holley. Immigration After 9/11, Edith Austin and Spencer Franklin 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 Selected Readings: Governor Had to Be Poll-Axed, Kent Biffle. Of Rutabagas and Redeemers: Rethinking the Texas Constitution of 1876, Patrick G. Williams. Hermine Tobolowsky: Mother of Texas's Equal Legal Rights Amendment, Tai Kreidler 3. Local Governments Overview of Grassroots Problems Municipal Governments Counties Special Districts Metropolitan Areas Selected Readings: Accentuate the Positive: How Laura Miller Was Elected Mayor of Dallas with a "Small Things" Agenda of Change, Mary Clare Jalonick. "Extreme" Term Limits--San Antonio Style, Alexander E. Briseno. Bottoms Up, Cecilia Balli 4. The Politics of Elections and Parties Voting Electoral Politics Party Structure Political Democracy Political Parties Racial/Ethnic Politics Political Campaigns Selected Readings: Elephant Wars: The Christian Right Flexes Its Muscle at the Republican Convention, Jake Bernstein. Swept Away, Paul Burka 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 Selected Readings: PGA Village, Diane M. Duesterhoeft. Political Watchdogs on Patrol, Jay Root. Taking Part in the Texas Municipal League's Lobbying Effort: A Dozen Golden Rules for Grass Roots Involvement 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 Progress Toward Legislative Reform Selected Readings: Legislative Redistricting and Electoral Results in the Twenty-First Century: A Comparison of Texas and California, Lyle C. Brown and Jerry Wilkins. Watch Him Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat, Christy Hoppe. Foundation Erred in Invoking Names, Laylan Copelin 7. The Executive Looking Back Overview of the Governorship Powers of the Governor The Plural Executive Selected Readings: Firms Help Pay the Tab, George Kuempel. Executive Order Creating the Governor's Clean Coal Technology Council, Governor Rick Perry. Excerpts from Governor Rick Perry's State of the State Address, 13 February 2003, Governor Rick Perry 8. Public Policy and Administration Overview of Policy and Administration State Employees Education Social Services Economic Policies Environmental Issues Homeland Security Too Many Agencies? Selected Readings: Capital Has Been Spent, But Education Post Shouldn't Be for Sale. Schools of Hard Knocks, Matt Flores. Is Plan Cutting Electric Costs? Sudeep Reddy 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 Selected Readings: In Drug Court, Success Is Sweet, Thom Marshall. A Caring Mom's Idea Led to Plan, Bud Kennedy 10. Revenues, Expenditures, and Fiscal Policy Looking Back Enduring Policy Issues Traditional Fiscal Policies Politics of Budgeting and Fiscal Management Politics of Revenue and Debt Management Politics of Spending Selected Readings: Governor Perry's Fiscal Year 2004--2005 Budget: Two Opposing Views: Bottom Line on Why My Budget for Texas Starts at Zero, Governor Rick Perry; Perry Gets Big Zero for Zero-Based Budget Ploy, State Representative Paul Moreno. Pediatrician Views Health Care Through Eyes of the Future: A Prescription for Compassion, Jeannie Kever

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