Texas Politics Today 2011-2012 / Edition 15

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Overview


The most popular book for this course, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY offers a wide range of viewpoints from multiple authors, each a recognized authority on the Lone Star State. The new edition encourages critical thinking and civic participation with ideas for how to get involved, questions to debate, and current event-based essays throughout. Its rich, nuanced presentations of current issues such as diversity, immigration, redistricting, and the 2010 elections provide a realistic picture of the Texas political system and decision-making processes. Packed with instructional help and up-to-the-minute information, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY, 2011-2012 Edition, provides a thorough, candid analysis of government that not only increases your awareness of state policy and its effect on your life but also motivates you to get politically involved.
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"TEXAS POLITICS TODAY is one of the best textbooks available if not the best. . . . I first used the Maxwell and Crain text in my class in 1991 and eighteen years later it is still my favorite Texas Government book on the market and I think offers the most to my students. . . . The greatest strength of TEXAS POLITICS TODAY is in its parsimonious presentations of the material in an organized fashion that allows students to grasp the larger themes, but not get bogged down in the details. The text is also bright and colorful with . . . interesting snippets, all designed to pique reader interest and I think it does a very good job at doing so." - Brian Farmer, Amarillo College

"[TEXAS POLITICS TODAY] is incredibly well organized, readable, and interesting. I think it will be a great resource for students, and make teaching the course easy for instructors. The materials at the end of each chapter are great study aids for students, in my experience."- Mel Laracey, University of Texas at San Antonio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495909484
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 886,295
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (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 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 completed 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 co-authored 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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