American Government and Politics Today - Texas Edition, 2007-2008

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Cengage Learning, Jan 31, 2007 - Political Science - 984 pages
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A fresh and impressive text for the hybrid American Government and Texas Politics course, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION helps students experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship including completely integrated and comprehensive Chapters on Texas Politics. The Schmidt text is renowned nationwide for its balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes and the Texas Chapters follow suit; providing a wide range of viewpoints as well as unique historical contexts to give students rich, nuanced insight into the political system and decision-making processes of the Lone Star State. Together, this integrated approach allows for focus on the similarities and differences in national and Texas politics and governance while using integrated pedagogy, including critical thinking and prescriptive encouragement for citizen action to underscore this approach. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION also incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American and Texas government.
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The Constitution
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Interest Groups
Political Parties
Campaigns Nominations and Elections
Texas Interest Groups
Political Parties in Texas
Voting and Elections in Texas
The Texas Legislature
The Texas Executive Branch
The Texas Judiciary Law and Due Process
Texas Public Policy
Local Government

The Media and Cyberpolitics
The Congress
The President
The Bureaucracy
The Courts
Domestic Policy
Economic Policy
Foreign Policy
Texas History and Culture
The Texas Constitution
The Declaration of Independence
How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions
Federalist Papers Nos 10 51 and 78
Justices of the United States Supreme Court since 1900
Party Control of Congress since 1900
Spanish Equivalents for Important Terms in American Government

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Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland and France. He earned a B.A. from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University, New York. The author of 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals, Dr. Schmidt is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and Teacher of the Year. A member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia, he is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses. His extensive commentary on U.S. politics in national and international media earned him the nickname "Dr. Politics." A weekly blogger for Gannett, Dr. Schmidt comments on CNN en Espaņol and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. He is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department, where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power In 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; Public Opinion: Measuring The American Mind; and American Government And Politics Today.

Mack C. Shelley II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C., he earned a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002, he served as elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. Dr. Shelley has published numerous articles, books and monographs on public policy, including The Permanent Majority: The Conservative Coalition in the United States Congress; Biotechnology and the Research Enterprise: A Guide to the Literature (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); American Public Policy: The Contemporary Agenda (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and Quality Research in Literacy and Science Education: International Perspectives and Gold Standards (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Ernest Crain did his graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, spent 35 years teaching Texas government at San Antonio College, and now lives in Montgomery County, Texas. Crain has co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, POLITICS IN TEXAS: AN INTRODUCTION TO TEXAS POLITICS, THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION, and TEXAS POLITICS TODAY. His special areas of interest include party competition, comparative state politics, and Texas public policy.

William Earl Maxwell is a professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he has taught courses in U.S. and Texas government since 1971. Throughout his career Maxwell has focused on innovative teaching techniques and improving the teaching and learning environments for students. As part of that effort, in 1975 Maxwell co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, his first text on Texas government. He also co-authored such texts as POLITICS IN TEXAS and THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Sam Houston State University.

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