Higher Education

Practicing Texas Politics, 16th Edition

  • includes MindTap Political Science Printed Access Card
  • Lyle C. Brown Emeritus, Baylor University
  • Joyce A. Langenegger Blinn College, Bryan Campus
  • Sonia R. García St. Mary's University
  • Ted A. Lewis
  • Robert E. Biles Sam Houston State University
  • Ryan Rynbrandt Collin County Community College
  • Veronica Vega Reyna Austin Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1285853105  |  ISBN-13: 9781285853109
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

PRACTICING TEXAS POLITICS, 2015–¬2016 Edition, analyzes the practices and policies of the Lone Star State and gives students a realistic introduction to how public policy making is conducted there. This edition includes 11 new readings, a new chapter on the media and politics in Texas, expanded material on the courts and the criminal justice system in Texas, new critical thinking questions, and tightly integrated learning objectives throughout each chapter. 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

  • The “Point/CounterPoint” feature examines a key controversial issue in Texas politics from two sides, promoting development of students' analytical thinking skills and demonstrating that there is rarely a single “right” answer to an issue.
  • “How Do We Compare?” boxes compare Texas with other U.S. and Mexican states.
  • “Learning Checks” provide a few factual questions at the end of major sections for students to use in checking their knowledge and reviewing for tests.
  • “Points to Ponder” provide interesting facts about Texas.
  • 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 Environment of Texas Politics.
2. Federalism and the Texas Constitution.
3. Local Governments.
4. Political Parties.
5. Campaigns and Elections.
6. The Media and Politics in Texas.
7. The Politics of Interest Groups.
8. The Legislative Branch.
9. The Executive Branch.
10. Public Policy and Administration.
11. The Court System.
12. Criminal Justice.
13. Finance and Fiscal Policy.

What's New

  • Two new co-authors, Ryan Rynbrandt of Collin Community College and Veronica Vega Reyna of Austin Community College, have joined the team.
  • The book's learning objectives are now tightly integrated throughout each chapter. Listed at the beginning of each chapter, the objectives are also linked to each major chapter section and to the paragraph-length recaps of major sections that comprise the chapter summary.
  • Critical thinking questions are now presented with nearly every photo, figure, and selected reading to offer many opportunities for instructors and students to meet the important Texas GOVT 2306 core objective.
  • A new Chapter 6, “The Media and Politics in Texas,” integrates current scholarship on the roles and influence of the media, incorporates history as it relates to current roles and issues, and describes how Texas reflects and differs from national patterns. Topics include changes in the traditional media and the rise of Internet newsletters, news blogs, and social media; regulation of the media; charges of media bias; and concerns about how the decline of traditional media and their replacement by Internet news and social media may affect the quantity and nature of news.
  • This edition includes new discussions of the use and transformative role of technology, and particularly social media, in the major areas of Texas politics. A special icon in the margin indicates the many instances of this new coverage within each chapter.
  • New readings (11 in all) include Julián Aguilar's examination of the economic impact of Texas' rapidly growing immigrant population, Cindy Cesares' chronicle on the the long journey to the dedication of the Tejano Monument, Bill Minutaglio's perspectives on what must happen for Texas to turn “blue,” Alana Rocha's exploration of how gubernatorial campaigns in Texas have addressed issues of incivility and inappropriate postings on their social media sites, and Jeff Key's look at high tech investing in Texas after Governor Perry.
  • The previous edition's Chapter 11, “Laws, Courts, and Justice,” has been split into two chapters. Expanded coverage of the Texas court system (Ch. 11) allows for more in-depth discussion of the sources of Texas law, the functions of the participants in the justice system, judicial procedure, and the impact of technology. New coverage of the criminal justice system in Texas (Ch. 12) includes discussion of specific cases, the death penalty, current events, and such issues as mental health problems within the Texas prison system, drug crimes, and misconduct by District Attorneys.
  • 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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— Evelyn F. Ballard, Houston Community College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lyle C. Brown

Lyle C. Brown, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. Other academic experience includes teaching at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas), Texas College of Arts & Industries (now Texas A&M University–Kingsville), and Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University). Lyle served as president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies. He is co-editor of RELIGION IN LATIN AMERICAN LIFE AND LITERATURE and author or co-author of articles in professional journals, anthologies, and textbooks. His involvement in Texas politics includes participation in precinct, county, and state conventions.

Joyce A. Langenegger

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College–Bryan and is the Director of Professional Development. She received her M.A. and J.D. from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. She was named the Blinn College–Bryan Academic Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. She has been named to WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS three times and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence and a “Most Valuable Player” award from San Jacinto College for her work there as a professor and an administrator. Joyce is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. She practiced law for a number of years and has been involved with politics at the local and state level.

Sonia R. García

Sonia Garcia, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, is Chair of the Political Science Department at St. Mary's University. She has published articles on Latina politics and is a co-author of MEXICAN AMERICANS & THE LAW: EL PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO (2004). Sonia also is the lead author of POLITICAS: LATINA PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN TEXAS (2007), which examines the first Mexican-American women elected to public office in Texas from various levels of offices.

Ted A. Lewis

Ted Lewis, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State Community College. He has taught government and political science at the college level for nearly 30 years. He was previously dean of instruction at Loan Star College–Cyfair and Professor, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Director of the Learning Communities Program at Collin County Community College. Dr. Lewis has conducted workshops on Texas election procedure for the Texas Secretary of State and has served as a county party chairperson, on state political party executive committees, and on several statewide candidate campaign advisory committees. He has delivered numerous national presentations and has published articles in such journals as the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, the Journal of the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the National Social Science Journal. He is listed in both WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN POLITICS and WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS.

Robert E. Biles

Robert E. Biles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is Professor and former Chair of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He has published several books and numerous scholarly articles. Bob has served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a member of the local school board, county political party chair, county election supervisor, state board member of a citizen's lobbying group, a member of advisory committees to the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and secretary and president of the Women's Caucus of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He has received four Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Latin America. He received his university's top award for research, his college's award for teaching, and the first university Faculty Senate award for administration.

Ryan Rynbrandt

Ryan Rynbrandt is a Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Honors Institute at Collin College in Plano, Texas. He teaches courses in American and Texan Government. At Collin he works to increase student civic engagement and on initiatives that bring the resources of higher education to bear in addressing problems in the broader community, and has been twice honored with the establishment of Engaged Faculty Scholarships in his name. He is ABD and received his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received multiple teaching awards and served as President of the Graduate Association of Political Scientists. He has been active in politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Veronica Vega Reyna

Veronica Vega Reyna is an Associate Professor of Government and Assistant Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Austin Community College (ACC). Veronica received her Masters and B.A. degrees in Political Science from St. Mary's University. Her academic teaching career has included adjunct faculty work for St. Mary's University, St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, and Our Lady of the Lake University. She is the faculty advisor for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) at ACC. SPLC is a nationally recognized civil rights organization and ACC is the first college to have a student-led group. Veronica has participated in diverse volunteer work within the community on social justice, voting, and civil rights issues. She has interned for Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and worked as a union organizer for the Texas State Employees Union as well as in various political campaigns. As a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Sonia Garcia, she helped with editing and research for the 12th edition of PRACTICING TEXAS POLITICS.