Texas Politics: The Challenge of Change / Edition 2

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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.

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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Context of Texas Government
    Government and Politics
    The Environment of Texas Politics
    The Challenge of Change
    Economic Change
    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
            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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