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TEXAS POLITICS is a comprehensive text that explicitly and critically compares the reality of Texas government and politics to democratic theory through the exploration of three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Boxed features in every chapter bring the text to life by providing human examples of abstract principles, including a "You Decide" box where you can consider the pros and cons of important issues. The text's lively presentation of material engages you in controversial issues and encourages classroom debate. The authors' conversational writing style and use of humor make the text a pleasure to read. The new tenth edition offers an appealing full-color design and includes numerous new photos, cartoons, tables, and figures.
1. The Context of Texas Politics. 2. The Constitutional Setting. 3. Interest Groups. 4. Political Parties. 5. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections. 6. Organization of the Texas Legislature. 7. The Legislative Process. 8. The Governor. 9. The Administrative State. 10. The Judiciary. 11. The Substance of Justice. 12. Local Government. 13. The State Economy and the Financing of State Government. 14. Issues in Public Policy. 15. The Future of Texas Politics. Notes. Glossary. Index.