Texas Politics and Government : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies / Edition 2

Texas Politics and Government : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies / Edition 2

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

ISBN-10: 0321052749

ISBN-13: 9780321052742

Pub. Date: 08/09/2000

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321052742
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
08/09/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART ONE The Context for Texas Politics and Government
Studying Texas Politics and Government
1(24)
Scenario: The Government Requirement for College Students
1(2)
Introduction
3(1)
Politics and Government
4(1)
Texas Index: Measures of Democracy in the States
5(1)
The Central Role of Ideas: The American Creed
6(1)
Analyzing Politics
7(2)
Individualism
8(1)
Liberty
8(1)
Equality
9(1)
Analyzing Government
9(6)
Democracy
10(5)
Constitutionalism
15(1)
Analyzing Political Change
15(6)
The Ideal-Reality Gap
17(1)
Responses to the Ideal-Reality Gap
17(4)
The Rest of the Story
21(4)
The Ideological and Socioeconomic Context for Texas Politics and Government
25(32)
Scenario: The Professor and Affirmative Action
25(2)
Introduction
27(1)
Texas Index: The Socioeconomic Context in the States
28(1)
The Ideological Context
28(11)
Ideas and Texas Politics: The Texan Creed
28(5)
The Acquisition of Political Ideas
33(2)
The Texan Creed and Political Ideology
35(4)
The Peoples of Texas
39(10)
Native Americans
40(3)
Hispanics
43(1)
African Americans
44(1)
Asian Americans
45(1)
Anglos
45(1)
The Contemporary Population of Texas
46(3)
The Economy of Texas
49(8)
Cotton
49(1)
Cattle
49(1)
Petroleum
50(1)
The Contemporary Economy
51(6)
The Legal Context: The Constitution and Federalism
57(36)
Scenario: A New Constitution for Texas
57(2)
Introduction
59(1)
Texas Index: Constitutions and Federalism in the States
60(1)
The Texas Constitution
61(23)
The Purposes of a Constitution
61(3)
History of Texas Constitutions
64(12)
Constitutional Revision
76(6)
The 1876 Constitution---Good or Bad?
82(1)
The Constitution and Political Change
83(1)
The Constitution and Democracy
84(1)
Federalism
84(9)
Types of Government
85(1)
The Evolution of Federalism
86(3)
Federalism and Political Change
89(1)
Federalism and Democracy
89(4)
PART TWO The Processes of Texas Politics
Political Parties in Texas
93(34)
Scenario: The Challenge to Democratic Party Dominance in a Time of Transition
93(3)
Introduction
96(1)
Texas Index: Political Parties in the States
97(1)
Political Party Organization
98(11)
Formal Organization
98(3)
Functional Organization
101(8)
Party in the Electorate
109(5)
Distribution of Party Attachments
110(1)
Party Coalitions: Social and Geographic Distribution
110(4)
The Party in Government
114(3)
In the Executive Branch
114(1)
In the Legislative Branch
115(1)
In the Judicial Branch
116(1)
Parties and Political Change
117(5)
Parties and Democracy
122(5)
Interest Groups in Texas
127(28)
Scenario: Battle of the Titans
127(2)
Introduction
129(1)
Texas Index: Interest Groups in the States
129(1)
The Creation of Interest Groups
130(2)
Disturbance Theory
130(1)
Entrepreneurial Theory
131(1)
Members of Groups: Joining and Staying
132(1)
Benefits of Group Membership
132(1)
Collective Benefits and the Free-Rider Problem
132(1)
Goals of Groups: Why Groups Are Involved in Politics
133(2)
Primary Goals
133(1)
Secondary Goals
134(1)
Types of Interest Groups
135(3)
Business Groups and Trade Associations
135(1)
Professional Associations
135(1)
Labor Groups
135(1)
Racial and Ethnic Groups
136(1)
Public Interest Groups
136(2)
Interest-Group Influence
138(1)
Political Activities of Groups
138(11)
Lobbying
139(7)
Electioneering
146(2)
Litigation
148(1)
Interest Groups and Political Change
149(1)
Interest Groups and Democracy
149(6)
Political Communications: The Media and Public Opinion
155(30)
Scenario: Framing the Campaign---Does the Governor Really Want Her Job?
155(2)
Introduction
157(1)
The Political Roles of the Media
157(1)
Texas Index: Print and Broadcast Media in the States
158(2)
Factors Shaping the News
160(3)
What Is News?
160(1)
News People and Their Values
161(1)
The Economics of the News
162(1)
The Media in Texas
163(5)
Television
164(2)
Newspapers
166(1)
Radio
167(1)
Magazines
167(1)
Internet
168(1)
The Political Effects of the Media
168(7)
What People Think About
169(1)
What People Think
170(2)
How people Think
172(2)
How People Feel
174(1)
Public Opinion
175(4)
The Measurement of Public Opinion
175(2)
Public Opinion in Texas
177(2)
The Media, Public Opinion, and Political Change
179(1)
The Media, Public Opinion, and Democracy
179(6)
Political Participation, Campaigns, and Elections
185(36)
Scenario: The Sharp-Perry Lieutenant Governor's Race of 1998
185(3)
Introduction
188(1)
Texas Index: Voting and Elections in the States
189(1)
Political Participation
189(4)
Forms of Political Participation
190(1)
Modes of Political Participation
191(2)
Elections in Texas
193(4)
Primary Elections
194(2)
Special Elections
196(1)
General Elections
196(1)
Local Elections
197(1)
Political Campaigns in Texas
197(8)
Money: The Mother's Milk of Politics
197(2)
Media: Linking the Candidates and the Voters
199(1)
Marketing: Selling the Candidates
200(5)
The Voters' Decisions
205(9)
Voter Turnout
205(4)
The Vote Choice: Parties, Issues, and Candidates
209(5)
Campaigns, Elections, and Political Change
214(1)
Campaingns, Elections, and Democracy
215(6)
PART THREE Political Institutions
Texas Legislative Politics
221(46)
Scenario: Sharpstown---How a Political Scandal Triggers Creedal Passion
221(3)
Introduction
224(1)
Texas Index: Legislatures in the United States
225(1)
The Structure of the Texas Legislature
226(5)
Sessions of the Legislature
226(1)
Leaders
227(1)
Committees
228(3)
Legislative Membership---Representing the Public
231(8)
Constitutional Provisions Affecting Legislators
232(1)
Variables Affecting Members' Elections
233(2)
Personal and Political Characteristics of Members
235(4)
Organizing for Power and Influence in the Legislature
239(6)
Leadership and Opposition in the House
240(3)
Leadership and Opposition in the Senate
243(2)
The Legislative Process
245(9)
What Is a Bill? What Is a Resolution?
245(1)
Rules, Procedures, and Internal Government
246(1)
How a Bill Becomes Law
247(7)
Legislative Staff
254(2)
Staffing for Technical Assistance, Specialized Information, and Political Assistance
254(1)
Battles over Control of House Staffing
255(1)
Senate Staffing
256(1)
Influences on Legislative Behavior
256(3)
Relations with the Governor
256(1)
Relations with Lobbyists
257(1)
The Ethics of Lobbying
258(1)
The Legislature and Political Change
259(1)
The Legislature and Democracy
260(7)
The Governor of Texas
267(38)
Scenario: George W.Bush---Policy Change, Political Change, and Governors
267(3)
Introduction
270(1)
Texas Index: State Governors
271(1)
Influences on the Development of the Texas Governorship
272(1)
The Office of the Governor
272(6)
Requirements and Roles
274(3)
Terms of Office
277(1)
Impeachment
278(1)
Powers of the Governor
278(9)
Characteristics of Strong Governorships
279(1)
Moralism and Restrictions of Governors' Powers
280(1)
Comparing the Texas Governor with Other Governors
280(2)
Staff and Budget
282(1)
Appointments to the Executive Branch
282(5)
Social and Political Characteristics of Governors
287(4)
Race, Gender, and Age
287(1)
Education and Religion
288(1)
Party and Ideology
288(1)
Prior Experience
288(2)
Postgubernatorial Careers
290(1)
The Governor as a Political Leader
291(4)
Public Opinion Leadership
291(1)
Relationship with the Legislature
292(3)
Governors and Political Change
295(3)
Governors and Democracy
298(7)
The Executive Branch
305(34)
Scenario: Governing Public Education
305(4)
Introduction
309(1)
Texas Index: State Government Bureaucracy
310(1)
Elected State Officials
311(9)
Attorney General
314(1)
Comptroller of Public Accounts
315(1)
Treasurer
316(1)
Land Commissioner
317(1)
Agriculture Commissioner
318(1)
Railroad Commissioners
318(2)
State Board of Education
320(1)
Appointed State Officials
320(7)
Secretary of State
321(2)
Public Utility Commissioners
323(1)
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissioners
323(1)
Insurance Commissioner
324(1)
Public Counsels
325(1)
Commissioner of Health and Human Services
325(1)
Boards and Commissions
326(1)
Organization and Reorganization of State Agencies
327(1)
Controlling Bureaucracy
328(3)
The Sunset Process
328(2)
Staff Size and Pay
330(1)
Bureaucracies and Political Change
331(3)
Bureaucracies and Democracy
334(5)
The Texas Justice System: The Law, the Courts, and Criminal Justice
339(38)
Scenario: Winning the Gavel---Steve Mansfield and the Judicial Selection Process
339(3)
Introduction
342(1)
The Body of Laws: The Basis of the Judicial Branch
342(1)
Sources of the Law
342(1)
Texas Index: Crime, Courts, and Judges
343(3)
The Types of Law
345(1)
The Judicial Branch
346(19)
Organizing Principles of the Judicial Branch
347(1)
The Structure of the Judicial Branch
347(7)
Criticisms of the Judicial Branch
354(1)
Reforming the Court Structure
355(2)
Judges and Judicial Selection
357(8)
The Criminal Justice System
365(6)
Enforcing the Law: The Police, Sheriffs, Highway Patrol, and Texas Rangers
365(1)
Representing the People: Prosecuting Crimes
365(1)
The Fulfillment of Justice: The Correctional System
366(5)
The Courts, Criminal Justice, and Political Change
371(1)
The Courts, Criminal Justice, and Democracy
372(5)
The Local Governments: Cities, Counties, and Special Districts
377(40)
Scenario: Local Government and Sports Arenas---Strange Bedfellows?
377(2)
Introduction
379(1)
Texas Index: Local Governments in the States
380(1)
Cities
381(15)
The Types of Cities
381(1)
The Forms of City Government
382(6)
Electing City Councils: The Struggle for Fair Representation
388(4)
How Cities Make Laws: Ordinances
392(1)
How Cities Grow
392(3)
What Cities Do with Their Money: Revenues and Expenditures
395(1)
Counties
396(6)
County Government: The Plural Executive
396(3)
What Counties Do with Their Money: Revenues and Expenditures
399(1)
Keeping County Government Effective: Criticisms and Reforms
400(2)
Special Districts
402(6)
How and Why Special Districts Are Formed
402(1)
The Governance and Revenues of Special Districts
403(1)
The Varieties of Special Districts
404(3)
Keeping Special Districts Effective: Aviding the Problem or Focusing on Issues?
407(1)
More Than Local, Less Than State: Coordination and Cooperation among Local Governments
408(4)
Metropolitan Solutions for Metropolitan Problems
409(2)
Councils of Government: Solving Problems Together
411(1)
Local Governments and Political Change
412(1)
Local Governments and Democracy
412(5)
PART FOUR Public Policies in Texas
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
417(32)
Scenario: The Texas Bill of Rights
417(1)
Introduction
418(1)
Texas Index: How States Guarantee Rights
419(1)
Civil Liberties
420(12)
Speech and Press (Expression)
420(6)
Remonstrance
426(1)
Religion
427(1)
Rights of the Accused
428(4)
Civil Rights
432(12)
Citizenship
432(1)
Voting
433(7)
Equal Protection
440(4)
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Political Change
444(1)
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Democracy
445(4)
Economic and Social Policies
449(44)
Scenario: Texas School Finance Battles, 1968--2000
449(2)
Introduction
451(1)
Texas Index: Social and Economic Demographics
452(1)
Economic Policy: Who Wins, Who Loses?
453(5)
Subsidizing and Regulating Businesses
453(2)
Wealth and Poverty
455(3)
State Finance: Public Money and Public Policies
458(13)
Budgeting and Borrowing
458(3)
Revenue
461(8)
Spending
469(2)
Education Policy: Endless Skirmishes Over Equity and Quality
471(7)
Public Education: Fulfilling Our Constitutional Mandate
471(4)
Educational Quality
475(1)
Higher Education: From Community Colleges to Universities
475(3)
Health and Human Services Policy: Providing the Necessities of Life
478(4)
The Federal--State Partnership
478(1)
Assistance for Food, Shelter, and Clothing
479(1)
Health Care
480(1)
The Adequacy of Health and Human Service Programs in Texas
481(1)
Economic and Social Policies and Political Change
482(2)
Economic and Social Policies and Democracy
484(9)
Glossary 493(13)
Photo Credits 506(3)
Index 509

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