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Texas Politics 2015-2016, 13th Edition

  • includes MindTap Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
  • Charldean Newell Regents Prof. Emerita, University of North Texas
  • David F. Prindle University of Texas at Austin
  • James Riddlesperger Texas Christian University
  • ISBN-10: 1285853148  |  ISBN-13: 9781285853147
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2005
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

TEXAS POLITICS: IDEAL AND REALITY critically compares Texas government and politics to the concepts of democratic theory by raising three main themes: democratic ideals, conservatism, and conflict. Lively presentation of material encourages students to consider controversial issues and debates. In the 2015–2016 Edition, new policy coverage, updates reflecting the Texas legislative session that ended in June 2014, and new “Texas Politics and You” features that ask students to become directly involved in current and contentious issues, often through social media, keep this book cutting edge. NEW! MindTap – Cengage Learning’s fully online learning solution – is automatically included with 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.

Features and Benefits

  • “You Decide” point/counterpoint features in each chapter prompt discussion in and out of the classroom on important current topics such as campaign financing, redistricting, and Texas's role on the international stage.
  • Key terms are identified throughout the narrative by boldface type. Chapter-ending summaries, glossary terms, and study questions assist students in learning and reviewing the material.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

1. The Context of Texas Politics.
2. The Constitutional Setting.
3. Interest Groups.
4. Political Parties.
5. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections.
6. The Legislature.
7. The Governor.
8. The Administrative State.
9. The Judiciary.
10. The Substance of Justice.
11. Local Government.
12. The State Economy and the Financing of State Government.
13. Public Policy: People.
14. Public Policy: Resources.

What's New

  • Up-to-date content throughout the book reflects the Texas legislative session that ended in June 2014.
  • The new edition reflects a stronger emphasis on the contrast between democratic ideals and political reality to help students navigate the competing perspectives on various topics related to Texas politics. The authors help students understand how they are affected by the political processes common in the state and by the policy outcomes that are a result of the Texas political culture, the state's diversity, the attitude toward the national government, and the boom and bust economy.
  • Chapter 2, “The Constitutional Setting,” includes more extensive coverage of federalism and Texas's role in the federal system.
  • A new “Texas Politics and You” feature in each chapter asks students to become directly involved in a controversial issue, often through social media, prompting them to react to specific postings, articles from Texas college newspapers, and political cartoons. For example, in Chapter 2 students are asked to share their views on a news article about the right to carry concealed handguns on campus. In Chapter 4, students are presented with a Ben Sargent cartoon portraying government as dysfunctional and asked to respond to the cartoon and comments from other students that are included.
  • Learning objectives are more integrated throughout the book. They drive each chapter's organization by being tied to each major section, to each paragraph of the chapter summary, and to each multiple-choice review question.
  • Key terms with definitions now appear in the text's margins.
  • A new review section at the end of each chapter contains multiple choice and critical thinking questions written by the authors.
  • 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.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“The text's major strength is its focus on the impacts of culture and tradition on the structure of government and policy in Texas.”

— Blake R. Farrar, Austin Community College

“I find that the Texas Politics text is leaps and bounds ahead of the current text I am using. The material is much more substantive and fitting for an intro level college class.”

— Steven N. Tran, Houston Community College

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1285872541 | ISBN-13: 9781285872544)

This Instructor Companion Website is an all-in-one multimedia online resource for class preparation, presentation, and testing. Accessible through Cengage.com/login with your faculty account, it includes several resources for download: a Test Bank compatible with multiple learning management systems, an Instructor's Manual, and book-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations. The Test Bank, offered in Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Canvas, and Angel formats, includes multiple-choice, critical thinking short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter, all tied to the learning objectives. Import the test bank into your LMS to edit and manage questions, and to create tests. The Instructor's Manual contains chapter-specific learning objectives, an outline, key terms with definitions, and a chapter summary. It also features a critical thinking question, lecture launching suggestion, and an in-class activity for each learning objective. The Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations are ready-to-use, visual outlines of each chapter that are easily customized for your lectures. They are accompanied by chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® Image Slides and JPEG Image Libraries. Access the Instructor Companion Website at www.cengage.com/login.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305081285 | ISBN-13: 9781305081284)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from the text and multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want. The test bank for TEXAS POLITICS, 13th Edition, contains multiple-choice, critical thinking short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter, all tied to the learning objectives.

MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Newell/Prindle/Riddlesperger's Texas Politics 2015-2016  (ISBN-10: 1285872754 | ISBN-13: 9781285872759)

MindTap™ for Newell et al's TEXAS POLITICS: IDEAL AND REALITY, 2015–2016 Edition, 13th Edition is a fully online, personalized learning experience built upon Cengage Learning content and correlated to a core set of learning outcomes. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Through a variety of gradable activities, MindTap provides students with opportunities to check themselves and determine where they need extra help, and allows faculty to measure and assess student progress. Exercises include video introductions from Texas government students, paired with critical thinking questions to launch each lesson; a brief tutorial and mini-assessment for each chapter area; video activities; simulations; and chapter quizzes. Integration with programs like YouTube, Evernote, RSS feeds, and Google Drive allows you to add and remove content of your choosing with ease to keep your course current. The product can be used fully online with its interactive eBook for TEXAS POLITICS: IDEAL AND REALITY, 2015–2016 Edition, 13th Edition, or in conjunction with the printed text.

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Student Supplements

MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Newell/Prindle/Riddlesperger's Texas Politics 2015-2016  (ISBN-10: 1285872754 | ISBN-13: 9781285872759)

MindTap™ Political Science for Newell/Prindle/Riddlesperger's Texas Politics 2014–2015, 13th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305106091 | ISBN-13: 9781305106093)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charldean Newell

Charldean Newell, a Fort Worth native (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is also the co-author of THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER (ICMA Press, 2004) and CITY EXECUTIVES (SUNY Press, 1989), and recently edited MANAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CASES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (ICMA Press, 2009). She has received 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. Her 37 years at the University of North Texas included awards from students, colleagues, and alumni.

David F. Prindle

David Prindle (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 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, 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 and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD. Professor Prindle is a past recipient of both the Allen Shivers Award for the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, given to the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.

James Riddlesperger

James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University (TCU). A native of Denton, he has taught American politics, with interests in Texas politics, Congress, and the presidency, at TCU since 1982. An award-winning teacher, his publications include the co-edited PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY (Greenwood Press, 1995), winner of the Aaron Wildavsky book award. A frequent consultant to the news media concerning politics and elections, he also serves as a question leader and a faculty consultant to the College Board's AP U.S. Government exam.