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

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Texas Politics and Government provides a coherent, analytical introduction to Texas politics that is both comprehensive and innovative. Framing the book on the 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 discussions that capture students' interest and provide them with the conceptual tools that they need to enrich their understanding of politics and government in Texas. In addition, because of the authors' involvement in Texas state and local politics, their text provides an insider's view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321100382
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Context for Texas Politics and Government 1
Ch. 1 Studying Texas Politics and Government 3
Ch. 2 The Context for Texas Politics and Government 32
Ch. 3 The Legal Context: The Constitution and Federalism 69
Pt. 2 The Processes of Texas Politics 111
Ch. 4 Political Parties in Texas 113
Ch. 5 Interest Groups in Texas 147
Ch. 6 Political Communications: The Media and Public Opinion 178
Ch. 7 Political Participation, Campaigns, and Elections 213
Pt. 3 Political Institutions 251
Ch. 8 Texas Legislative Politics 253
Ch. 9 The Governor of Texas 303
Ch. 10 The Executive Branch 345
Ch. 11 The Texas Justice System: The Law, the Courts, and Criminal Justice 384
Ch. 12 The Local Governments: Cities, Counties, and Special Districts 426
Pt. 4 Public Policies in Texas 471
Ch. 13 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 473
Ch. 14 State Finance 511
Ch. 15 Economic and Social Policies 541
Pt. 5 Into the Twenty-first Century 583
Ch. 16 Ideas, Institutions, and Policies in the Twenty-first Century 585
Glossary 599
Photo Credits 620
Index 621
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