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Lone Star Politics - Interactive eBook

Lone Star Politics - Interactive eBook
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Sixth Edition

January 2019 | CQ Press

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1. Introduction
Texas Geography

History: The Birth of Texas Traditions

Texas Statehood

Transitions to the Twenty-First Century

A Tradition of Change

Winners and Losers

2. Texas Constitutions
Constitutional Government

The Federal System of the United States

Texas Constitutions

The Current System: The Constitution of 1876

Criticisms of the Texas Constitution

Winners and Losers

3. Texas Legislature
The Texas Legislature in Context

Typologies of State Legislatures: Full Time and Part Time

Qualifications for Office and Length of Terms

Representation: Theories and Demographics

Winners and Losers

Electing the State Legislature

Legislative Organization

Winners and Losers

Legislative Process

Winners and Losers

4. Texas Governors
The Office of the Governor

Powers of the Governor

Informal Powers

Winners and Losers

5. The Plural Executive and Bureaucracy in Texas
The Plural Executive

Boards and Commissions

Bureaucratic Accountability

Winners and Losers

6. Texas Judicial System
Judicial Federalism and Texas Courts

Local Trial Courts

County-Level Trial Courts

District Courts (State-Level Trial Courts)

Appellate Courts

Judicial Selection

Texas Judges

Problems with the Texas Judiciary

Alternative Systems of Judicial Selection: Appointment and Merit

Criminal Justice in Texas

Winners and Losers

7. Texas-Sized Justice
Justice in Texas

Incarceration in Texas

Rights of the Accused

Law and Punishment

Winners and Losers

8. Campaigns and Elections, Texas Style
Democracy, Representation, and Elections in Texas

Voting Rights in Texas

Winners and Losers

Types of Elections in Texas

Voting, Voter Registration, and Turnout

Getting on the Ballot in Texas Elections

Campaign Finance in Texas

Winners and Losers

9. Political Parties
The Development of Political Parties in Texas

Political Parties in Texas

Party Organizations

Winners and Losers

10. Organized Interests
Organized Interests in Texas Politics

Influencing Policy in Texas through Organized Interests

Winners and Losers

11. Local Government in Texas
Local Government: The Basics

County Government, Texas-Style


Other Forms of Local Government

Winners and Losers

12. Fiscal Policy
The Policymaking Process

Sources of State Revenue: Taxes

Winners and Losers

Sources of State Revenue: Other Resources

Spending and Budgeting

Fiscal Policy Tools

Winners and Losers

13. Energy, Environment, Transportation, and Trade Policies: Transforming Texas
Oil and Gas in Texas

Texas Energy

Environmental Policy

Texas Air Quality

Droughts and Floods

Hazardous Waste

Winners and Losers

Transportation Policy

Winners and Losers

Texas Trade

Winners and Losers

14. Social Policy: Education, Health, and Immigration
Education Policy

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Health and Human Services

Winners and Losers

Immigration Policy

Winners and Losers


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