Practicing Texas Politics

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Political Science - 536 pages
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A market-leading text, Brown et al. has thoroughly updated its survey of Texas government with new coverage of public policy, giving special attention to political developments since 2008. Discussion of the oil spill disaster off the Gulf Coast and extensive coverage of the 2010 general election, and its results, provides students with the most up-to-date information available. New Selected Readings and chapter-opening cartoons have been included, encouraging further discussion of timely topics, in addition to conflicts, within the state of Texas. Features, such as the completely new Students in Action, are included within each chapter, to provide students with a wide range of views on current issues and relevant topics, as well as to present suggestions as to how they can play an active role in Lone Star State politics.
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Contents

The Environment of Texas Politics
1
Federalism and the Texas Constitution
51
Local Governments
90
Political Parties
129
Campaigns and Elections
171
The Politics of Interest Groups
214
The Legislature
253
The Executive
300
Public Policy and Administration
344
Laws Courts and Justice
387
Finance and Fiscal Policy
437
Glossary
483
Index
495
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About the author (2011)

Lyle C Brown is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. He received his PH.D from University of Texas at Austin

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College - Bryan and is the Director of Professional Development. She received her MA and JD from Baylor University and an MA and PhD from Fielding Graduate University. She was named the Blinn College-Bryan Academic Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. She has been named to WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS three times and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence and a "Most Valuable Player" award from San Jacinto College for her work there as a professor and an administrator. Joyce is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. She practiced law for a number of years and has been involved with politics at the local and state level.

Sonia Garcia is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997.

Ted A. Lewis is Dean of Instruction at Lone Star College - CyFair and continues to teach Texas government at the college level. He earned his MS from the University of North Texas in Denton and is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Ted has conducted workshops on Texas election procedure for the Texas Secretary of State and has served as a county party chairperson, on state political party executive committees, and on statewide candidate campaign advisory committees. Ted is listed in both WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN POLITICS and WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS.

Robert E. Biles has taught college students about Texas politics in Texas, Colombia, and Ecuador and to students in the free world and in Texas prisons. He is Professor and former Chair of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and has published 4 books and 25 scholarly articles. Bob has served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a member of the local school board, county political party chair, county election supervisor, state board member of a citizen's lobbying group, a member of advisory committees to the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and secretary and president of the Women's Caucus of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He has received four Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Latin America. He received his university's top award for research, his college's award for teaching, and the first university Faculty Senate award for administration.

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