Texas Politics: The Challenge of Change / Edition 2

Texas Politics: The Challenge of Change / Edition 2

by John R. Todd
     
 

Texas Politics, 2/e, is a comprehensive survey of the politics, policy, and structure of Texas government. Uniquely organized around the theme of Texas at the crossroads to the future, Todd emphasizes the interplay of economic, social, and political factors in Texas, and incorporates policy coverage. The focus on contemporary issues, emphasis on participation,See more details below

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Texas Politics, 2/e, is a comprehensive survey of the politics, policy, and structure of Texas government. Uniquely organized around the theme of Texas at the crossroads to the future, Todd emphasizes the interplay of economic, social, and political factors in Texas, and incorporates policy coverage. The focus on contemporary issues, emphasis on participation, and incorporation of brief issue/debate readings make this text highly practical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395906125
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date:
12/30/1998
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
  • 1. The Context of Texas Government
    Government and Politics
    The Environment of Texas Politics
    The Challenge of Change
    Economic Change
    Conclusion
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Reading the Newspaper, Noticing Change
  • 2. The Legal Environment of Texas Politics: Federalism and the State Constitution
    The Legal Environment and Change
    The Implications of Federalism
    State Constitutions: An Overview
    The Texas Constitution
    Constitutional Reform
    Prospects for Change
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: National Highway Transportation Policy: The Good News and the Bad News About Living in a Federal System
  • 3. Political Parties
    Political Parties and Change.
    The History of Political Parties in Texas
    The Party System in Texas Today
    The Nominating Process
    Party Organization
    Party and Government
    Party and the Electorate
    The Future of Political Parties at the Crossroads
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Angry White Males and Texas Political Parties
  • 4. Interest Groups in Texas Politics
    What Is an Interest Group?
    The Recent Growth of Interest Groups
    What Makes Interest Groups Powerful?
    Interest Groups Versus Political Parties
    How Interest Groups Influence Policy
    The Types of Groups in Texas Politics
    The Overall Power of Interest Groups in Texas
    Regulating Interest Groups
    The Future of Interest Groups in Texas
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Governor Bush Gets Ambushed by the Lobby
  • 5. Elections, Campaigns, and Voting in Texas
    Change in the Electoral Process
    Suffrage: The Right to Vote
    Types ofElections
    Administering Elections
    Campaigns
    Regulating Campaign Finance
    Presidential Elections in Texas
    Voting Behavior
    Women and Minorities in Texas Politics Today
    The 1998 Electino and the Future of Elections and Voting in Texas
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Political Consultants: The Professionalization of Campaign Politics
  • 6. The Texas Legislature
    Change Trends and the Texas Legislature
    An Overview of the Texas Legislature
    The Legislative Task
    Steps in the Legislative Process
    The Politics of the Legislative Process
    Legislative Support Services
    Change in the Texas Legislature
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Partisan Change and the Texas Senate: Can the Delicate Balance Be Maintained?
  • 7. Texas Governorship
    Change and the Governorship: An Introduction
    The Office of Governor
    The Governorship and Leadership
    Governors and the Governorship
    Gubernatorial Leadership: Present and Future
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: What Will Popularity Do for a Governor? The George Bush Story
  • 8. Texas Bureaucracy
    What Is the Bureaucracy?
    State Bureaucracies and Change
    Figuring Out the Texas Bureaucracy
    How Does the Texas Bureaucracy Measure Up?
    Prospects for Change
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Texas Performance Review: A Voice for Improving Government Performance
  • 9. Texas Judiciary
    Change and the Courts: An Introduction
    The Structure of the Texas Courts
    Structural Reform of the Courts
    How Judges Are Chosen in Texas
    The Discipline and Removal of Judges
    Support Systems and Judicial Administration
    Juries in Texas Courts
    Crime, the Courts, and the Prisons
    Reform in the Role of the Courts
    Conclusion: Change and the Texas Courts
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Do Judges Make the Law?
  • 10. Local Government in Texas
    Change and Local Government: An Introduction
    Local Government and the State
    County Government
    City Government
    Special-District Governments
    The Future of Local Government in Texas
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Minority Leadership Comes to Texas' Biggest Cities
  • 11. Texas Public Finance
    Budget Politics in Texas
    Revenue Patterns
    Trends and Patterns in Expenditures
    A Final Assessment of the Texas Revenue System
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: The Texas Lottery: Good Revenue Source but No Panacea
  • 12. Social Welfare Policy in Texas
    What Is Social Wwelfare Policy and Why Is It Needed?
    Basic Elements of Social Welfare Programs
    Historical Overview of Social Welfare Policy in Texas
    Change and Social Welfare Policy
    Welfare Reform: Policy Success Now and Later?
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Workforce Development: Can the Texas Workforce Commission Really Move People from Welfare to Work?
  • 13. Education Policy in Texas
    The Public School System
    Higher Education
    Education Policy and the Future
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Charter Schools: Education Reform Revisited
  • 14. Texas Environmental Policy
    The Challenge to Change: An Introduction
    Organizing to Manage Environmental Policy
    Environmental Policy Problems in Texas Today
    Who Pays for Environmental Protection?
    Environmental Politics
    The Future of Texas Environmental Policy
    The Changing Face of Texas Politics: Water for Texas—Today and Tomorrow
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • Index

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