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Essentials of American and Texas Government: Continuity and Change / Edition 2

Essentials of American and Texas Government: Continuity and Change / Edition 2


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Essentials of American and Texas Government: Continuity and Change / Edition 2

Essentials of American & Texas Government
Continuity and Change
2008 Edition
Karen O’Connor • Larry J. Sabato • Stefan D. Haag • Gary A. Keith

Guided by the belief that students must first understand how American and Texas government developed to fully grasp the issues facing the United States in the twenty-first century, Essentials of American & Texas Government: Continuity and Change offers the strongest coverage of both history and current events of any college text devoted to American and Texas politics. This best-selling book provides the historical context students need to understand the most crucial and controversial issues affecting their state and nation.

Essentials of American & Texas Government: Continuity and Change includes seven complete chapters on Texas government and politics and has been extensively revised to provide the most in-depth and current coverage of the 2006 midterm elections, the second George W. Bush administration, the Iraq War, and increasing controversies related to the management of the war on terrorism. The new edition also emphasizes the extent to which shared political values shape and affect national and state policy and influence key political conflicts.

  • NEW! American Values/American Voices and Texas Values/Texas Voices features examine the shared values that unite Americans and Texans alike. American political culture, with its emphasis on liberty, equality, and individualism, as well as other values, is the glue that holds Americans together. Texans are united by these same values, but many would argue that the frontier ethos of individualism retains a special place inTexas’s political development. Differing views of what it means to adhere to these political values often create conflict and division—especially in the policy arena. These boxes help students understand the passionate beliefs and common concerns that underlie the controversies being debated on Capitol Hill, in the media, in the legislature and statehouse, and in homes across the United States.
  • The Constitution of the United States of America, carefully annotated to make it accessible to students, is placed between Chapters 2 and 3, providing students with a careful walkthrough of this seminal document. Further supporting the text’s emphasis on the constitutional underpinnings of government and politics, a Living Constitution boxed feature appears in every chapter. The national chapters’ boxes refer to the U.S. Constitution, while the Texas chapter boxes refer to the Texas Constitution. Each feature examines the chapter's topic in light of what the U.S. or Texas Constitution says or does not say about it. Living Constitution boxes are broken down into four components. Each one begins with an excerpt from the Constitution or Texas Constitution related to that chapter's topic; defines the meaning of the excerpt; explains the historical context of the excerpt; and covers why the excerpted clause continues to be relevant, noting recent court cases or ongoing debates or challenges related to it.
  • Annotated 1876 Texas Constitution is available as a supplement at no additional charge when packaged with the text.
  • Longman’s MYPOLISCILAB— Longman’s MyPoliSciLab for American and Texas Government is a state-of-the-art, interactive online course solution offered within a course management system or as a website alone. Course management systems include Course Compass, WebCT, or Blackboard. This unsurpassed online tool offers students over 100 interactive exercises (such as simulations, timelines, comparative exercises and more), assessment tools, hourly news updates, debate and roundtable videos, weekly polls and more —all integrated with an online e-book, so students can assess, review, and improve their understanding of the concepts within the chapters. AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE when packaged with this text.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205528288
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 02/07/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the founder and Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.  Professor O'Connor has written, co-authored, and edited several books, including Gendering American Politics and Women, Politics, and American Society.  She currently serves as president-elect of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association.

Larry J. Sabato is a University Professor and the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and serves as the Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  His over 20 books include Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election, Get in the Booth: A Citizen’s Guide to the 2006 Midterm Elections, and the upcoming SIxth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency. 


Table of Contents

I. Foundations of Government

1. The Political Landscape

2. The Constitution

3. Federalism

4. Civil Liberties

5. Civil Rights

II. Institutions of Government

6. Congress

7. The Presidency

8. The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy

9. The Judiciary

III. Political Behavior

10. Public Opinion and the News Media

11. Political Parties and Interest Groups

12. Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

13. Social and Economic Policy

14. Foreign and Defense Policy


IV. Texas Government

15. The Context for Texas Politics and Government

16. The Texas Constitution

17. Local Government and Politics in Texas

18. The Texas Legislature

19. The Governor and Bureaucracy in Texas

20. The Texas Judiciary

21. Political Parties, Interest Groups, Elections, and Campaigns in Texas


 The Declaration of Independence.

The Constitution of the United States of America

Federalist No. 10. 

Federalist No. 51.

Presidents, Congresses, and Chief Justices: 1789-2003.


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