TEXAS POLITICS is a comprehensive text that critically compares Texas government and politics to the concepts of democratic theory by using three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Boxed features in every chapter make the text engaging by providing human examples of more theoretical issues, including a "You Decide" box where students can consider the pros and cons of important topics. The text's lively presentation of material -- the authors use a conversational writing style and humor -- encourages students to consider controversial issues and debate. An intuitive organizational structure and integrated teaching tools support learning for students of all backgrounds and interest levels. A full-color design contains many new photos, cartoons, tables, and figures.
Table of Contents
1. The Context of Texas Politics. 2. The Constitutional Setting. 3. Interest Groups. 4. Political Parties. 5. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections. 6. Organization of the Texas Legislature. 7. The Legislative Process. 8. The Governor. 9. The Administrative State. 10. The Judiciary. 11. The Substance of Justice. 12. Local Government. 13. The State Economy and the Financing of State Government. 14. Issues in Public Policy. 15. The Future of Texas Politics.