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17th Edition

William Earl Maxwell, Ernest Crain, Mark P. Jones, Morhea Lynn Davis, Christopher Wlezein, Elizabeth N. Flores

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  • 416 Pages

Overview

TEXAS POLITICS TODAY encourages critical thinking and civic participation with ideas, essays, and questions related to Texas politics, presented from different viewpoints. The 2015-2016 edition features tightly integrated learning objectives, questions addressing the Texas GOVT2306 Core Objectives, and eleven new essays-commissioned for the book-that apply chapter topics. NEW! MindTap – Cengage Learning’s fully online learning solution – is automatically included with the purchase of the print text. MindTap combines student learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities and assessments - into a singular Learning Path. Through assignable, gradable activities written to learning outcomes, it provides students with ample opportunities to check for understanding, while also providing faculty and students with a clear way measure and assess progress. Faculty can use MindTap as a turnkey solution or customize by easily adding up to the minute news stories, YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or their own documents directly within it. With MindTap, it’s refreshingly simple to keep Texas Politics course materials current, relatable, and engaging. Students will also appreciate that with MindTap everything is in one place – the book, activities, flashcards, quizzes, dictionary, and more – making study time more efficient. MindTap can also be purchased on its own if a student prefers to study completely online. The choice is theirs. To learn how easy –and beneficial - it is to start using MindTap in your courses, visit Cengage.com/mindtap.

William Earl Maxwell, San Antonio College, Emeritus

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.

Ernest Crain, San Antonio College, Emeritus

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.

Mark P. Jones, Rice University

Mark P. Jones is the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Fellow in Political Science, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University. His articles have appeared in publications such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Texas Monthly, The Hill, and the Texas Tribune. Jones is among the state’s most quoted commentators on Texas politics in the state and national media, and his research on the Texas legislature is widely cited by media outlets and political campaigns. Jones received his B.A. from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Morhea Lynn Davis, El Paso Community College

M. Lynn Davis is professor of Government at El Paso Community College, where she has served as Blackboard Trainer and Mentor, Faculty Senator, Government Discipline Coordinator and has served on numerous faculty committees. Davis has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in both Organizational Behavior and Political Science. She is a very active community volunteer, grant writer, and has consulted for and participated in many political campaigns. Her published articles range in topics from the current political environment to the viability of primaries and caucuses in today’s election processes.

Christopher Wlezein, University of Texas at Austin

Christopher Wlezien is Hogg Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously taught at Oxford University, the University of Houston, and Temple University, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1989. Over the years, Wlezien has published widely on elections, public opinion, and public policy, and his books include DEGREES OF DEMOCRACY, WHO GETS REPRESENTED? AND THE TIMELINE OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. He has founded a journal, served on numerous editorial boards, established different institutes, advised governments and other organizations, held visiting positions at many universities around the world, received various research grants, and won a number of awards for his research and teaching.

Elizabeth N. Flores, Del Mar College

Elizabeth N. Flores is professor of political science at Del Mar College. She teaches courses on national government, Texas government and Mexican-American politics, and serves as program coordinator for the Mexican-American Studies Program. Flores earned a master of arts degree in political science at the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts degree in political science (magna cum laude) at St. Mary’s University. Her awards include the 2014 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council Educator of the Year Award, the 2013 Del Mar College Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence, and a 1998 Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).
  • Two new co-authors join the team-Mark P. Jones of Rice University and M. Lynn Davis of El Paso Community College join the book as two new co-authors.
  • Learning objectives have been integrated into each chapter, providing a tight organizing structure to guide students through the material and assist in their mastery of chapter content. The objectives are linked to each major section of the chapter and to the bulleted recaps of each major section that comprise the chapter summary. For additional reinforcement, chapter review questions are organized by learning objective.
  • Texas GOVT2306 Core Objective questions are incorporated into figure and photo captions, boxed features, readings, and pedagogy. The clearly marked questions address each of the four required core objectives-critical thinking skills, communication skills, social responsibility, and personal responsibility.
  • A new final section in each chapter provides a fully developed application of the main thrust of the chapter through an original essay by a Texas educator, commissioned for the new edition. Many feature visuals. Essays include “Politicians, Vigilantes and the Quest for Civil Rights in Texas” by Denese McArthur (Ch. 1); “The Texas Constitution and Public School Funding” by Timothy Hoye (Ch. 3); “The Tea Party: Civic Activism and Grassroots Change” by Blayne Primozich (Ch. 6); and “Spending More to Improve Public Education? Texans Say Yes . . . and No” by James Henson (Ch. 12).
  • MindTap – a fully online learning solution – is included with this edition, and offers a variety of assignable, gradable activities that gets students up to speed on current events, promotes their interaction with one another through online discussion boards and polling questions, and engages them with interactive activities and quizzes that are correlated to clearly defined learning outcomes. All this while keeping instructors deeply informed of student progress and time spent in the course.
  • Revised and streamlined pedagogy allows for a better flow of the narrative. For instance, updated and edited “How Does Texas Compare?” boxes are now contained to a single page. In addition, the “Get Active” section has been moved from the chapter opener to the chapter ender, made consistent across all chapters, and now concludes with personal responsibility questions.
  • Carefully written photo, figure, and table captions convey the major takeaway messages to students. A critical analysis question follows each caption.
  • MindTap – a fully online learning solution – is included with this edition, and offers a variety of assignable, gradable activities that gets students up to speed on current events, promotes their interaction with one another through online discussion boards and polling questions, and engages them with interactive activities and quizzes that are correlated to clearly defined learning outcomes. All this while keeping instructors deeply informed of student progress and time spent in the course.
  • The hallmark comparative approach of TEXAS POLITICS TODAY is highlighted in the “How Does Texas Compare?” sections that feature maps and figures in every chapter. This comparative feature focuses on how Texas's unique political culture shapes the state's policies and institutions differently from other states.
  • Each chapter opens with numbered learning objectives that are repeated throughout the chapter in major sections to help students focus their reading and track their progress. Bulleted summaries and review questions at the end of each chapter (both now organized by learning objective), as well as marginal key terms throughout the narrative, facilitate study and review.
  • “Get Active!” boxes with an annotated list of websites at the end of each chapter offer ways to increase students' own political involvement.
Prologue: Texas's Political Roots.
1. Texas Culture and Diversity.
2. Texas in the Federal System.
3. The Texas Constitution in Perspective.
4. Voting and Elections.
5. Political Parties.
6. Interest Groups.
7. The Legislature.
8. The Executive.
9. The Judiciary.
10. Law and Due Process.
11. Local Government.
12. Public Policy in Texas.
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“This book continues to set a standard [that] other Texas Government texts try to emulate. It weaves together rich historical detail with current political trends and debate into a very comprehensive text.”

“This is a book for active readers. I especially enjoy the many critical thinking questions that appear throughout the book. The writing is engaging and accurate.”

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