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Texas Politics 2015-2016 13th Edition

Charldean Newell | David F. Prindle | James Riddlesperger

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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 motivates students to consider controversial issues and debates. In the 2015–2016 Edition, students learn about new policy coverage and updates reflecting the Texas legislative session that ended in June 2014, and are encouraged to become directly involved in current and contentious issues. Also available: the MindTap® digital course solution to help busy students interact with course material and as they read and learn in the classroom, at home, or on the go.

Charldean Newell, Regents Prof. Emerita, University of North Texas

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, University of Texas at Austin

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, Texas Christian University

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.

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  • 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.
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  • “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.

Texas Politics 2015-2016


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.

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