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Texas Politics and Government : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, Election Updated

Texas Politics and Government : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, Election Updated - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0321175076

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ISBN13: 978-0321175076
ISBN10: 0321175077
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Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2003
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Texas Politics and Government : Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, Election Updated - 3RD 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0321175076

Stefan Haag, Rex C. Peebles and Gary A. Keith

ISBN13: 978-0321175076
ISBN10: 0321175077
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 03
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Texas Politics and Government provides a coherent, analytical introduction to Texas politics that is both comprehensive and engaging.

Framing the book around five ideas that have shaped Texas politics past and present, the authors explain how conflicts over these ideas have altered political processes, institutions, and public policies in Texas. The unique coverage of topics is supported by lively and fresh discussions that capture students' interest and provide them with the conceptual tools they need to enrich their understanding of politics and government in Texas. Additionally, the authors' involvement in Texas politics gives students an insider's view of their state and local government.

Features :

  • A highly interactive Companion Website offers enriching chapter-by-chapter resources for both students and instructors. Log onto www.ablongman.com/haag3e and explore the site's outstanding features.
  • "Critical Thinking" exercises throughout each chapter ask students to critically consider the material they have just read.
  • Engaging "Chapter Scenarios" at the beginning of each chapter provide a compelling story about Texas politics that interests students and focuses them on the topics addressed in that chapter.
  • "Texas Index": This series of brief statements or statistics provides perspective on how Texas compares with other states, helping students realize that other states have different goals and values and pursue different public policies.


New To This Edition :

  • "Analyzing the Data." Designed to encourage visual literacy and interpretative skills, this feature helps students make sense of quantitative information and enables them to get the most out of graphic representations. Topics range from "Amendments to the Texas Constitution, 1877-2001" in Chapter 3 to Chapter 8's "Ideological Voting Patterns in the Texas House of Representatives (2001)." Using annotated leaders and pointers to explain data in bar graphs, line graphs, maps, and charts, these visual learning features appear once in every chapter.
  • NEW TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE--"Web Explorations." Web Exploration icons in the margins of the text direct students to these interactive exercises on the book's Companion Website. Web Explorations encourage students to learn more about a specific issue or concept and to expand their critical thinking skills.
  • NEW "Highlights" boxes focus on material that illustrates the colorful nature of Texas politics and government. The topics range from Chapter 1's "Establishing Majoritarian Democracy Through the Initiative Process" to unique Texas terminology, such as Chapter 8's "A Glossary of Legislative Lingo," to profiles of interesting people, such as Chapter 4's profile of "Billie Carr: The God-Mother of Texas Democrats."
  • NEW "Texas's Heritage" sections at the beginning of each chapter provide historical background for that chapter topic. This new section enables students to clearly see the evolution of Texas's political institutions, processes, and policies as well as providing a context for the description and analysis of contemporary Texas politics and government.
  • Updated Material. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated to include the results of the 2000 census, the 2001 legislative session, and elections conducted through 2001. Includes the most recent and authoritative research on Texas politics and government, including relevant and reliable Internet sources and their materials.

Author Bio

Haag, Stefan : Austin Community College


Keith, Gary A. : University of Texas at Austin


Peebles, Rex C. : Austin Community College

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