Essentials of Texas Politics

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Cengage Learning, Jan 16, 2007 - Political Science - 320 pages
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ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS lives up to its name. This is not a brief version of a traditional text, but truly the essentials-the key concepts-that students of Texas politics need to understand. This concise yet comprehensive overview compares the reality of Texas to the democratic ideal through a thought-provoking reform orientation. ESSENTIALSOF TEXAS POLITICS engages students in thinking about controversial issues and encourages them to participate in class debate.
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Contents

The Context of Texas Politics
1
The Constitutional Setting
19
Interest Groups
38
Political Parties
66
Voters Campaigns and Elections
89
The Texas Legislature
112
The Governor and State Administration
150
The Judiciary and the System of Justice
184
Local Government
211
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
241
Issues in Public Policy
267
Glossary
295
Index
300
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About the author (2007)

Richard Kraemer served 21 years of active duty in the Air Force before starting his teaching career. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin, in 1970 and has been a faculty member there since 1965. His field is American Government, specializing in Texas Politics and National Security Policy. He is the author and co-author of over a dozen books, mostly about Texas politics, as well as other publications. Dr. Kraemer is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and a national award from the Arnold Air Society.

Charldean Newell, a Fort Worth native (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is also the co-author of THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER (ICMA Press, 2004) and CITY EXECUTIVES (SUNY Press, 1989), and recently edited MANAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CASES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (ICMA Press, 2009). She has received four national awards: honorary lifetime membership in the International City/County Management Association, the Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Donald C. Stone Award in intergovernmental relations from the American Society for Public Administration, and elective membership in the National Academy of Public Administration. Her 37 years at the University of North Texas included awards from students, colleagues, and alumni.

David Prindle (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has published research in the areas of voting and parties, energy policy, the presidency, and the politics of the entertainment media. His first book, PETROLEUM POLITICS AND THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION, won the V.O. Key, Jr. Award, given by the Southern Political Science Association to the best book on Southern politics. He also has written THE POLITICS OF GLAMOUR: IDEOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD. Professor Prindle is a past recipient of both the Allen Shivers Award for the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, given to the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.

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