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Politics in America, Texas Brief Edition / Edition 1

Politics in America, Texas Brief Edition / Edition 1


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With a focus on conflict and the struggle for power and a powerful supplements package, this textbook ignites students' interest in American politics.

This balanced and exceedingly readable text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics–“Who gets what, when, and how”–as a framework for presenting a clear, concise, and stimulating introduction to the American political system. Updated with discussions of recent events in our country, well-known political scientist Tom Dye has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas. An abundance of feature boxes explore timely issues and opinions, draw cross-cultural comparisons, and introduce important people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131930018
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 12/22/2004
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 10.78(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Formerly Professor of Government at Florida State University, Thomas Dye is President of the Lincoln Center for Public Service. He was University Teacher of the Year in 1987. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dye is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy. He has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. Additional information is available at

Table of Contents

Part I Politics

Chapter 1 Politics

Chapter 2 Political Culture

Part II Constitution

Chapter 3 The Constitution

Chapter 4 Federalism

Part III Participants

Chapter 5 Opinion, Participation, Campaigns and Elections (combination of Chpts 5&8)

Chapter 6 Mass Media

Chapter 7 Political Parties and Interest Groups (combination of Chpts 7&9)

Part IV

Chapter 8 Congress

Chapter 9 Presidency

Chapter 10 Bureaucracy

Chapter 11 Courts

Part V Outcomes

Chapter 12 Politics, Personal Liberty and Civil Rights (combination of Chpts 14&15)

Chapter 13 Economic and Social Welfare Politics (combination of Chpts 16&17)

Chapter 14 Politics and National Security

Part VI Texas

Chapter 15 The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics.
Chapter 16 The Texas Constitution.
Chapter 17 Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas.
Chapter 18 The Texas Legislature.
Chapter 19 The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy.
Chapter 20 The Texas Judiciary.
Chapter 21 Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts.


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