Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2010 - Political Science - 576 pages
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.
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The Context of Texas Politics
The Constitutional Setting
Voting Campaigns and Elections
Organization of the Texas Legislature
The Legislative Process
The Substance of Justice
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
Issues in Public Policy
The Future of Texas Politics
The Administrative State
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