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  • ISBN: 9780139192913
  • ISBN10: 0139192913

Government and Politics in the Lone Star State: Theory and Practice

by Gibson, L. Tucker

  • List Price: $48.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 0003
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publish date: 01/01/2002
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This unique book explores Texas government and its relationship to the people it serves and to the federal and local governments that form the American political system. The book outlines the principles and theories upon which state government is built, as well as practical applications and misapplications through material drawn from actual events. In considering the structure and functions of these institutions, it shows how these institutions are supposed to work and how they really work. It focuses on the distributive nature of politics by revealing the resources individuals and groups use to shape and determine policy and how power and influence change through the use of such resources. It explores public policy issues to demonstrate the impact of political and policy decisions on the public and incorporates recent public policies. The book also introduces the players in the political and policy arenas by describing the actions of these players and assesses their impact on policy and political events as well as positive and negative consequences of the actions of individuals and groups in the process. It emphasizes the impact of federalism and international institutions on state and local governments with a specific focus on mandates and preemptions and discusses the patterns of interaction, specifically the pressure and influence that shape policy alternatives. Specifically regarding Texas, the book considers the globalization of the Texas economy, provides statistics and anecdotal examples; and features recent changes in the Texas economy, the latest elections, and leadership styles of recent Texas governors. It also includes sections focusing on diversity in Texas politics, such as women and minorities as well as the issue of "cumulative voting." It also compares Texas to other states in key areas. The third edition of Government and Politics in the Lone Star State has been revised to include the latest information. The book features updates of key policy discussions, with Chapter 13 rewritten to provide a description and analysis of contemporary (up to early 1998) policy issues. A new feature entitled "How I See It" provides the personal views of state and local officials on their experiences in office. It also includes a feature on Internet sources. An essential reference on Texas politics for every politician, lawmaker, and legal professional.
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