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Overview

The most popular book around for this course, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY, 2009-2010 Edition, offers a wide range of viewpoints from multiple authors, each a recognized authority on the Lone Star State. Its rich, nuanced presentations of such current issues as diversity, immigration, redistricting, and the 2008 election provide a realistic picture of the Texas political system and decision-making processes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495570257
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Earl Maxwell is a professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he has taught courses in U.S. and Texas government since 1971. Throughout his career Maxwell has focused on innovative teaching techniques and improving the teaching and learning environments for students. As a part of that effort, in 1975 Maxwell co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, his first text on Texas government. He also co-authored such texts as POLITICS IN TEXAS and THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS. He performed his undergraduate and graduate work at Sam Houston State University.

A thirty-five year veteran instructor of political science, Ernest Crain specializes in political party competition, comparative state politics, and Texas public policy. Crain coauthored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, POLITICS IN TEXAS, THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS, and four editions of INTRODUCTION TO TEXAS POLITICS. Crain received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas in Austin.

Adolfo Santos is the chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown and Associate Professor of Political Science. Dr. Santos received a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 1998. He is the author of Do Members of Congress Reward their Future Employers? Evaluating the Revolving Door Syndrome. He also writes about Hispanic representation in the U.S. Congress and the Texas legislature.

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Table of Contents

1. Texas History and Culture. 2. The Texas Constitution in Perspective. 3. Voting and Elections. 4. Political Parties. 5. Interest Groups. 6. The Legislature: Organization and Structure. 7. The Legislative Process. 8. The Governor. 9. The Bureaucracy. 10. The Judiciary. 11. Law and Due Process. 12. Taxing and Budgeting. 13. Spending and Services. 14. Local Government. Glossary. Index.

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