Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies / Edition 3

Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies / Edition 3

by Stefan Haag, Gary A. Keith, Rex C. Peebles

ISBN-10: 0321100387

ISBN-13: 9780321100382

Pub. Date: 09/06/2002

Publisher: Pearson Education

Haag, Stephen, Keith, Gary A., Peebles, Rex C., Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, 2nd Edition*\ Provides a coherent, analytical introduction to Texas politics that is both comprehensive and engaging. Framing the book around five ideas that have shaped Texas politics past and present, the authors explain how conflicts over


Haag, Stephen, Keith, Gary A., Peebles, Rex C., Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, 2nd Edition*\ Provides a coherent, analytical introduction to Texas politics that is both comprehensive and engaging. Framing the book around five ideas that have shaped Texas politics past and present, the authors explain how conflicts over these ideas have altered political processes, institutions, and public policies in Texas. The unique coverage of topics is supported by lively and fresh discussions that capture reader's interest and provide them with the conceptual tools they need to enrich their understanding of politics and government in Texas. Additionally, the authors' involvement in Texas politics gives readers an insider's view of their state and local government. For those interested in Texas Politics and Government.

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Table of Contents

(Each chapter contains a Scenario, Introduction, and Texas Index.)


1. Studying Texas Politics and Government.
Politics and Government.
The Central Role of Ideas: The American Creed.
Analyzing Politics.
Analyzing Government.
Analyzing Political Change.
The Ideal-Reality Gap.
Responses to the Ideal-Reality Gap.
The Rest of the Story.

2. The Ideological and Socioeconomic Context for Texas Politics and Government.
The Ideological Context.
Ideas and Texas Politics: The Texan Creed.
The Acquisition of Political Ideas.
The Texan Creed and Political Ideology.
The Peoples of Texas.
Native Americans.
African Americans.
Asian Americans.
The Contemporary Population of Texas.
The Economy of Texas.
The Contemporary Economy.

3. The Legal Context: The Constitution and Federalism.
The Texas Constitution.
The Purposes of a Constitution.
History of Texas Constitutions.
Constitutional Revision.
The 1876 Constitution¤Good or Bad?
The Constitution and Political Change.
The Constitution and Democracy.
Types of Government.
The Evolution of Federalism.
Federalism and Political Change.
Federalism and Democracy.


4. Political Parties inTexas.
Political Party Organization.
Formal Organization.
Functional Organization.
Party in Electorate.
Distribution of Party Attachments.
Party Coalitions: Social and Geographic Distribution.
The Party in Government.
In the Executive Branch.
In the Legislative Branch.
In the Judicial Branch.
Parties and Political Change.
Parties and Democracy.

5. Interest Groups in Texas.
The Creation of Interest Groups.
Disturbance Theory.
Entrepreneurial Theory.
Members of Groups: Joining and Staying.
Benefits of Group Membership.
Collective Benefits and the Free-Rider Problem.
Goals of Groups: Why Groups Are Involved in Politics.
Primary Goals.
Secondar Goals.
Types of Interest Groups.
Business Groups and Trade Associations.
Professional Associations.
Labor Groups.
Racial and Ethnic Groups.
Public Interest Groups.
Interest-Group Influence.
Political Activities of Groups.
Interest Groups and Political Change.
Interest Groups and Democracy.

6. Political Communications: The Media and Public Opinion.
The Political Roles of the Media.
Factors Shaping the News.
What is News?
News People and Their Values.
The Economics of the News.
The Media in Texas.
The Political Effects of the Media.
What People Think About.
What People Think.
How People Think.
How People Feel.
Public Opinion.
The Measurement of Public Opinion.
Public Opinion in Texas.
The Media, Public Opinion, and Political Change.
The Media, Public Opinion, and Democracy.

7. Political Participation, Campaigns, and Elections.
Political Participation.
Forms of Political Participation.
Modes of Political Participation.
Elections in Texas.
Primary Elections.
Special Elections.
General Elections.
Local Elections.
Political Campaigns in Texas.
Money: The Mother's Milk of Politics.
Media: Linking the Candidates and the Voters.
Marketing: Selling the Candidates.
The Voter's Decisions.
Voter Turnout.
The Vote Choice: Parties, Issues, and Candidates.
Campaigns, Elections, and Political Change.
Campaigns, Elections, and Democracy.


8. Texas Legislative Politics.
The Structure of the Texas Legislature.
Sessions of the Legislature.
Legislative Membership¤Representing the Public.
Constitutional Provisions Affecting Legislators.
Variables Affecting Members' Elections.
Personal and Political Characteristics of Members.
Organizing for Power and Influence in the Legislature.
Leadership and Opposition in the House.
Leadership and Opposition in the Senate.
The Legislative Process.
What Is a Bill? What Is a Resolution?
Rules, Procedures, and Internal Government.
How a Bill Becomes Law.
Legislative Staff.
Staffing for Technical Assistance, Specialized Information, and Political Assistance.
Battles over Control of House Staffing.
Senate Staffing.
Influences on Legislative Behavior.
Relations with the Governor.
Relations with Lobbyists.
The Ethics of Lobbying.
The Legislature and Political Change.
The Legislature and Democracy.

9. The Governor of Texas.
Influences on the Development of the Texas Governorship.
The Office of the Governor.
Requirements and Roles.
Terms of Office.
Powers of the Governor.
Characteristics of Strong Governorships.
Moralism and Restrictions of Governors' Powers.
Comparing the Texas Governor with Other Governors.
Staff and Budget.
Appointments to the Executive Branch.
Social and Political Characteristics of Governors.
Race, Gender, and Age.
Education and Religion.
Party and Ideology.
Prior Experience.
Postgubernatorial Careers.
The Governor as a Political Leader.
Public Opinion Leadership.
Relationship with the Legislature.
Governors and Political Change.
Governors and Democracy.

10. The Executive Branch.
Elected State Officials.
Attorney General.
Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Land Commissioner.
Agriculture Commissioner.
Railroad Commissioners.
State Board of Education.
Appointed State Officials.
Secretary of State.
Public Utility Commissioners.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissioners.
Insurance Commissioner.
Public Counsels.
Commissioner of Health and Human Services.
Boards and Commissions.
Organization and Reorganization of State Agencies.
Controlling Bureaucracy.
The Sunset Process.
Staff Size and Pay.
Bureaucracies and Political Change.
Bureaucracies and Democracy.

11. The Texas Justice System: The Law, The Courts, and Criminal Justice.
The Body of Laws: The Basis of the Judicial Branch.
Sources of the Law.
The Judicial Branch.
Organizing Principles of the Judicial Branch.
The Structure of the Judicial Branch.
Criticisms of the Judicial Branch.
Reforming the Court Structure.
Judges and Judicial Selection.
The Criminal-Justice System.
Enforcing the Law: The Police, Sheriffs, Highway Patrol, and Texas Rangers.
Representing the People: Prosecuting Crimes.
The Fulfillment of Justice: The Correctional System.
The Courts, Criminal Justice, and Political Change.
The Courts, Criminal Justice, and Democracy.

12. The Local Governments: Cities, Counties, and Special Districts.
The Types of Cities.
The Forms of City Government.
Electing City Councils: The Struggle for Fair Representation.
How Cities Make Laws: Ordinances.
How Cities Grow.
What Cities Do with Their Money: Revenues and Expenditures.
County Government: The Plural Executive.
What Counties Do with Their Money: Revenues and Expenditures.
Keeping County Government Effective: Criticisms and Reforms.
Special Districts.
How and Why Special Districts Are Formed.
The Governance and Revenues of Special Districts.
The Varieties of Special Districts.
Keeping Special Districts Effective: Avoiding the Problem or Focusing on Issues?
More Than Local, Less Than State: Coordination and Cooperation Between Local Governments.
Metropolitan Solutions for Metropolitan Problems.
Councils of Government: Solving Problems Together.
Local Governments and Political Change.
Local Governments and Democracy.


13. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.
Civil Liberties.
Speech and Press (Expression).
Rights of the Accused.
Civil Rights.
Equal Protection.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Political Change.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Democracy.

14. Economic and Social Policies.
Economic Policy: Who Wins, Who Loses?
Subsidizing and Regulating Businesses.
Wealth and Poverty.
State Finance: Public Money and Public Policies.
Budgeting and Borrowing.
Education Policy: Endless Skirmishes Over Equity and Quality.
Public Education: Fulfilling Our Constitutional Mandate.
Educational Quality.
Higher Education: From Community College to Universities.
Health and Human Services Policy: Providing the Necessities of Life.
The Federal-State Partnership.
Assistance for Food, Shelter, and Clothing.
Health Care.
The Adequacy of Health and Human Service Programs in Texas.
Economic and Social Policies and Political Change.
Economic and Social Economic Demographics.


Photo Credits.


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