Texas Politics

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Cengage Learning, Feb 13, 2008 - Political Science - 544 pages
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TEXAS POLITICS is a comprehensive text that explicitly and critically compares the reality of Texas government and politics to democratic theory through the exploration of three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Boxed features in every chapter bring the text to life by providing human examples of abstract principles, including a You Decide box where you can consider the pros and cons of important issues. The text's lively presentation of material engages you in controversial issues and encourages classroom debate. The authors' conversational writing style and use of humor make the text a pleasure to read. The new tenth edition offers an appealing full-color design and includes numerous new photos, cartoons, tables, and figures.
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Contents

The Context of Texas Politics
1
The Constitutional Setting
35
Interest Groups
65
Political Parties
101
Voting Campaigns and Elections
135
Organization of the Texas Legislature
166
The Legislative Process
203
The Governor
235
The Substance of Justice
332
Local Government
361
The State Economy and the Financing of State Government
405
Issues in Public Policy
440
The Future of Texas Politics
474
Notes
493
Glossary
511
Index
516

The Administrative State
266
The Judiciary
303
Credits
531
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About the author (2008)

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.

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 received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. In addition to Texas politics, her research interests include local government and human resources management. She is the co-author of TEXAS POLITICS, ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS, THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER, and CITY EXECUTIVES. She is the recipient of 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. At the University of North Texas, the Student Association named her an Honor Professor; she received distinguished service awards from the UNT Ex-Students Association and the President's Council; and was recognized by her college and the university as a whole for her work. She has served in numerous leadership positions with nonprofit organizations and municipal boards in Denton.

David Prindle received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He 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 (1981) 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 (1988), and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD (1993). In 1982, he received the Allen Shivers Award as the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government, and in 1994 the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence as the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.