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- Full title: Texas Politics Today, Enhanced, 18th Edition
- Edition: 18th
- Copyright year: 2020
- Publisher: Cengage Learning
- Author: Mark Jones; William Earl Maxwell; Ernest Crain
- ISBN: 9780357028940, 9780357028940
- Format: PDF
Description of Texas Politics Today, Enhanced, 18th Edition:
Delivering unrivaled coverage, TEXAS POLITICS TODAY, ENHANCED, 18th Edition combines a comparative approach with tightly integrated learning objectives and questions addressing the Texas GOVT2306 Core Objectives. Reflecting the latest trends and issues, it offers expanded coverage of ideology and social issues, Texas demographic changes, the rising importance of Latinos in Texas politics and the growing role of social and digital media. It also includes a special focus on immigration, LGBT politics, gun control policies, abortion laws and the culture wars in education. First person essays from the governor, political activists, campaign consultants and others illustrate how Texas politics works in real-world practice. Closing the gap between political theory and reality, the text gives you a clear understanding of how Texas compares with other states.Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Table of Contents of Texas Politics Today, Enhanced, 18th Edition PDF ebook:
Brief ContentsDetailed ContentsCHAPTER 1: Texas Political Culture and DiversityPolitical Culture, Partisanship, and Public PolicyIdeologyConservatives and Liberals in Texas TodayPartisanshipPublic PolicyTexas’s Cultural RegionsTexas Cultural RegionsPolitics and Cultural DiversityTexans’ Struggle for Equal RightsCultural Diversity TodayApplying What You Have Learned about Texas Political CultureThe Face of Latino Immigration by Ana HernandezCHAPTER 2: Texas in the Federal SystemWhat Is Federalism?Unitary SystemsConfederal SystemsFederal SystemsThe U.S. Constitution and FederalismTypes of Powers in Our Federal SystemThe Powers of the National GovernmentImplied Powers of the National GovernmentThe Early View: Dual Federalism and the Tenth AmendmentThe Development of Cooperative FederalismCivil Rights versus States’ RightsTexas and the Federal SystemCoercive Federalism and TexasFederal Grants-in-Aid in TexasIndirect Federal Benefits: U.S. Military Bases in TexasUnfunded MandatesThe Affordable Care Act: A Challenging Case in FederalismTexas and the U.S. Abortion Debate: From Roe to Whole Woman’s HealthStates as Laboratories: Marijuana LegalizationFederalism and Casino GamblingApplying What You Have Learned about Texas in the Federal SystemTexas in the Federal System by Greg AbbottCHAPTER 3: The Texas Constitution in PerspectiveTexas Constitutions in HistoryEarly Texas ConstitutionsReconstruction Constitutions and Their AftermathThe Texas Constitution TodayBill of Rights and Fundamental LibertySeparation of PowersLegislative BranchExecutive BranchJudicial BranchVoting RightsPublic EducationLocal GovernmentAmending and Revising the Texas ConstitutionAmendment ProceduresRecent Constitutional AmendmentsCriticisms of the Texas ConstitutionAttempts to Revise the Texas ConstitutionApplying What You Have Learned About the Texas ConstitutionThe Constitutional Right to Education by Holly McIntushCHAPTER 4: Voting and ElectionsPolitical ParticipationThe Participation Paradox and Why People VoteWho Votes?The Practice of VotingVoter Turnout in the United States and in TexasReasons for Low Voter Turnout in TexasTypes of Elections in TexasPrimary ElectionsWho Must Hold a Primary?Financing PrimariesGeneral ElectionsSpecial ElectionsThe Conduct and Administration of ElectionsCounty-Level AdministrationBallot ConstructionCounting and Recounting BallotsElectronic VotingElection Campaigns in Texas: Strategies, Resources, and ResultsThe General Election CampaignMoney in Election CampaignsWho Gets ElectedApplying What You Have Learned about Voting and Elections in TexasEverything’s Bigger in Texas, with a Twist of Red by Luke MaciasCHAPTER 5: Political PartiesCharacteristics of American Political PartiesTwo-Party SystemPragmatismDecentralizationThe Development of the Texas Party SystemThe One-Party Tradition in TexasIdeological Factions in America and TexasConservatives, Liberals, and Texas DemocratsThe Rise of the Republican PartyConservatives and Moderates and Texas RepublicansThe Organization of Texas Political PartiesTemporary Party OrganizationPermanent Party OrganizationThe Functions of Political PartiesThe Party in the ElectorateThe Party as OrganizationThe Party in GovernmentApplying What You Have Learned about Texas Political PartiesOne Face of the Texas Tea Party by Julie McCartyCHAPTER 6: Interest GroupsTypes of Interest GroupsEconomic GroupsNoneconomic GroupsMixed GroupsInterest Groups’ Targets and TacticsLobbying the LegislatureInfluencing the Executive BranchTargeting the CourtsShaping the Political EnvironmentThe Balance of Political PowerTexas’s Most Powerful Interest GroupsA Tale of Two Lobbying Efforts: Tesla vs. TADAInterest Group Alliances and the Dynamics of PowerSizing Up Interest Groups and Their InfluenceThe Positive Role of Interest GroupsCriticisms and ReformsThe Regulation of LobbyingRecent Ethics and Lobbying Reform EffortsApplying What You Have Learned about Interest GroupsThe Practice of Environmental Lobbyingby Luke MetzgerCHAPTER 7: The LegislatureThe Limited LegislatureLegislative Terms and SessionsLegislative Salaries and CompensationLegislative StaffElecting LegislatorsQualificationsGeographic DistrictingPowers of the Legislature and Its LeadersPowers of the Presiding OfficersPowers of the LegislatureThe Legislative ProcessThe Legislative CommitteesSchedulingFloor ActionConference CommitteesHow a Bill Becomes a LawApplying What You Have Learned about the Texas LegislatureOn Being a State Legislator: A View from the Inside by José RodríguezCHAPTER 8: The ExecutiveThe Governor’s Office: Qualifications, Tenure, and StaffQualifications and ElectionsTenure, Removal, Succession, and CompensationStaffThe Governor’s Powers of PersuasionThe Governor as Chief of StateGovernor as Party ChiefLegislative Tools of PersuasionThe Governor as Chief ExecutiveThe Texas AdministrationElected Executives and the Plural Executive SystemAppointed ExecutivesBoards and CommissionsCharacteristics of BureaucracyThe Bureaucracy, Politics, and Public PolicyClientele GroupsPublic Policy and the Iron Texas StarThe Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the SpeakerThe Control of InformationAdministration of the LawBureaucratic AccountabilityAccountability to the PeopleAccountability to the LegislatureAccountability to the Chief ExecutiveBureaucratic ResponsibilityApplying What You Have Learned about the Texas Executive BranchThe Texas Executive Branch: Does it run you, or do you run it? by Drew DeBerryCHAPTER 9: The JudiciaryLegal Cases and JurisdictionCivil and Criminal CasesOriginal and Appellate JurisdictionCourt OrganizationMunicipal CourtsJustices of the PeaceCounty CourtsDistrict CourtsCourts of AppealsCourt of Criminal AppealsSupreme CourtJuriesGrand JuryPetit (Trial) JurySelection of JudgesThe Politics of Judicial Selection in TexasEthnic/Racial and Gender DiversityApplying What You Have Learned about Texas CourtsChoosing Judges: My View from the Insideby Wallace B. JeffersonCHAPTER 10: Law and Due ProcessCivil LawTypes of Civil LawIssues in Civil LawThe Elements of CrimeThe CrimeThe CriminalThe VictimThe Due Process of LawThe SearchThe ArrestThe ArraignmentThe Grand Jury and Pretrial ActivityThe TrialThe Post-Trial ProceedingsThe Special Case of JuvenilesRehabilitation and PunishmentFelony PunishmentMisdemeanor PunishmentEvaluating Punishment and Rehabilitation PoliciesSizing Up the Death Penalty DebateApplying What You Have Learned about Law and Due ProcessMarijuana Policy Reform in Texas by Phillip MartinCHAPTER 11: Local GovernmentMunicipalitiesGeneral Law and Home Rule CitiesForms of Municipal GovernmentMunicipal Election SystemsRevenue Sources and LimitationsMunicipalities: Issues, Trends, and ControversiesCountiesFunctions of CountiesCounties: Issues, Trends, and ControversiesSpecial District GovernmentsReasons for Creating Special District GovernmentsSpecial Districts: Issues, Trends, and ControversiesCouncils of GovernmentsCouncils of Governments (COGs)Applying What You Have Learned about Local GovernmentA View from Inside County Government by Veronica EscobarCHAPTER 12: Public Policy in TexasRevenuesTaxationThe Politics of TaxationOther RevenuesState SpendingThe Appropriations ProcessThe Politics of State SpendingEducationElementary and Secondary SchoolsThe Politics of Public EducationHigher EducationThe Politics of Higher EducationHealth and Human ServicesHealth ProgramsHealth Care PoliticsIncome Support ProgramsThe Politics of Welfare and Income RedistributionTransportationHighway ProgramsThe Politics of TransportationApplying What You Have Learned about Public Policy IssuesThe Practical Politics of Texas’s Budget by Eva DeLuna CastroNotesGlossaryIndex