The second edition of Inside Texas Politics provides an exciting insider's perspective on the world of Texas government. The book's focus on how power struggles have shaped Texas institutions and political processes offers a fresh perspective that differentiates it from all other texts on the market. Brandon Rottinghaus, a well-known political scholar, media commentator, and Dallas native, fills the text with his own insider anecdotes, making Inside Texas Politics, Second Edition, fun and relevant for today's students. The text's visual representations of data help students foster the skills they need in order to understand and think critically about the political world around them.
Brandon Rottinghaus (Associate Professor of Political Science University of Houston)
Oxford University Press Inc
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2nd Revised edition
01 January 2019
About the Author Preface Acknowledgments 1 The Struggle for Texas: Demographics, Culture, and Political Power 2 The Texas Constitution 3 Federalism 4 Voting and Elections 5 Political Parties: Texas in Blue and Red 6 Interest Groups 7 The Legislature 8 Governors of Texas 9 The Plural Executive and the Bureaucracy 10 The Texas Judiciary 11 Criminal Justice 12 Local Government 13 Budget, Finances, and Policy Glossary Notes Credits Index About the Authors Preface Acknowledgments 1 Cultural, Demographic and Political Trends The Origins of Texas Native Americans Spanish Settlers Tejanos Anglos African Americans Continuity and Change in the Texas Economy Food and Fiber Fuel King Cattle (And Other Four Legged Friends) Manufacturing Military and Defense Industries High Tech Health Care Recreation and Retirements Assessing the Texas Miracle Great Texas Political Debates: Raising the Minimum Wage Continuity and Change in the Texas Demographics State Population Growth Is it Bigger in Texas: States with the Largest Population Increases Challenges of Population Growth Racial and Ethnic Trends in Texas Challenges of Shifting Racial and Ethnic Trends An Aging State Challenges of an Aging State Continuity and Change in Texas Political Culture Insider Interview: Joe Holley, Houston Chronicle Writer Individualistic Political Culture Angles of Power: Individual Rights, Equality, and Religious Freedom Traditionalistic Political Culture Culture Conflicts 2: The Texas Constitution Constitutional Government The Roots of Rebellion and the Declaration of Independence The 1836 Constitution of the Republic The 1845 Constitution of the (New) State of Texas Succession, Reconstruction, and the Constitutions of 1861, 1866 and 1869 Constitution of 1861 The Confederacy Constitution Constitution of 1866 The Readmission Constitution Constitution of 1869 The Reconstruction Constitution The Constitution of 1876-The Current Constitution The Crafting of the 1876 Constitution Principles of the Current Texas Constitution Insider Interview: Former Chief Justice Tom Philips Great Texas Political Debates: Confederate License Plates and the Battle over Free Speech Amending the Constitution Constitutional Amendments Recent Major Reform Attempts Is it Bigger in Texas: Number of Words in State Constitutions Angles of Power: Debates About Amending the State Constitution 3: Federalism Organizing the Constitutional System The Supremacy Clause Enumerated and Implied Powers Reserved Powers Concurrent Powers Full Faith and Credit Advantages of Federalism A Stronger Central Government Angles of Power: Texas, the Military, and Jade Helm Representation Policy Innovation Trust in Levels of Government Texas and Federal Funding Is It Bigger in Texas: Federal Aid as a Percentage of General Revenue Styles of Federalism Dual Federalism Cooperative Federalism New Federalism Coercive Federalism Insider Interview: George Kelleman, President of the Texas Retailers Association Texas and Conflicts Over Federalism Texas Versus Washington Tidelands Controversy Immigration Voter Identification at Election Places Great Texas Political Debates: Sanctuary Cities Common Core Educational Standards 4: Voting and Elections Voting in Texas Registration Types of Elections Early Voting Mobile Voting Election Day Suffrage Struggles and Their Consequences Literacy Tests Poll Tax White Primary Hispanics Angles of Power: Political Machines Insider Interview: Victor Morales, U.S. Senatorial Candidate in 1996 African Americans Women Asian Americans Voter Turnout in Texas Why Texans Don't Vote Is It Bigger in Texas: Voter Turnout By State, 2016 How Can Voter Turnout be Increased? Voter ID How to Campaign, Texas Style Building Campaign Infrastructure Image, Limelight, and the Media Negative Campaigning Courting the Base Micro-Targeting Surfing National Trends Funding Elections Who Wins and Why Money and Election Outcomes Parties and Straight Ticket Voting Great Texas Political Debates: Straight Ticket Voting Incumbents and Voter Turnout The Electoral System Will Texas Turn Blue? 5: Political Parties: Texas in Blue and Red The Functions of Parties Simplifying Electoral Choices Recruiting Candidates Mobilizing Voters Articulating Interests Organizing Government Party Organization Precinct Chairs County Party Chairs State Party Chair Party Executive Committees Party Conventions State Party Platforms Rise and Fall of Political Parties in Texas Democratic Reign in the Postbellum Era The Decline of the Democrats The Rise of the Republicans Tea Party Fissures in the Republican Party Lessons from Texas Party Politics Insider's Interview: Jared Woodfill, Harris County Republican Party Chair Party Competition Redistricting and Party Competition Is it Bigger in Texas? Party Competition: 1972-2015 The 2001 and 2003 Redistricting Battles: The Drama Begins Redistricting in 2011: Maps and More Maps Angles of Power: The 2003 Redistricting Battle and the Killer Ds Redistricting in 2013: Back to Court Party Switching Great Texas Political Debates: Switching Parties Third Parties and Independents La Raza Unida PartyLibertarian Party of Texas Green Party of Texas Independents 6: Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas Interest Groups in the Political Process Pluralist Theory Elite Theory Transactional Theory Why Join Interest Groups? The Free Rider Problem Selective Benefits Types of Interest Groups Business Groups Trade Associations and Professional Organizations Labor Unions Is It Bigger in Texas? Rates of Union Membership Identity Groups Public Interest Groups Single Issue Groups Government Interests What Interest Groups Do Education Citizen Campaigns Electioneering Lobbying the Courts, the Legislature, and the Executive Branch Lobbying: The Third House The Role of Lobbyists What Lobbyists Do Insider Interview: Andrea McWilliams Iron Triangles in Texas Is It Bigger in Texas: Number of Years Elected Officials Must Wait Before Becoming Lobbyists Scandals and Reforms Sharpstown Scandal The 1991 Reforms A Session of Ethics Oversight of Interest Groups Texas Ethics Commission Great Texas Political Battle: Enforcing Ethics Violations Recusal Disclosure 7: The Legislature The Functions of the Legislature and Legislators Powers of the Legislature Texas House v. Senate Casework Position Taking Credit Claiming The Texas Legislature in Context The Legislative Session Is It Bigger in Texas: Length of Legislative Session Legislative Staff Legislative Boards and Councils Great Texas Political Debates: Should Texas Have Annual Legislative Sessions? Salary Incumbency and Turnover Consequences of the Texas Legislative Structure How the Legislature is Organized The Committee System Speaker of the House The Lieutenant Governor The Legislative Process In Committee On the Floor House and Senate Agreement In Conference Committee The Real Enemy: The Calendar Rules Rule the Chambers Angles of Power: Politics Sometimes Makes Unlikely Bedfellows Working Together Insider Interview: Ellic Sahualla, , Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Representative Joe Moody. Slowing It Down Speeding It Up Increasing Partisanship Demographic Representation Women Legislators African Americans Hispanics Race, Religion, and Other Factors 8: Governors of Texas Rules of the Office Eligibility Informal Qualifications Terms Removal from Office Succession Is It Bigger in Texas: Governor Staff Size Salary and Staff Formal Powers of Texas Governors Execution of Laws Appointment Powers Is It Bigger in Texas: Unilateral Executive Orders by Governor in Select States Legislative Powers Military Powers Angles of Power: Governor Perry's Veto of Corruption Unit Funds Judicial Powers: Pardon and Clemency Informal Powers of Texas Governors Legislative bargaining Insider Interview: Former Democratic Governor Mark White Agenda Setting Great Texas Political Debates: Personal Relations Between Governors and Lieutenant Governors Weak and Strong Governor Sheer Length of Term AppointeesIs It Bigger in Texas: Governor Power by State Party Power Criticisms and Reforms 9: The Plural Executive and the Bureaucracy Bureaucracy in Texas The Size of the Texas Bureaucracy What the Texas Bureaucracy Does Is It Bigger in Texas? State Employees per 10,000 Residents, 2015 The Structure of the Texas Bureaucracy Independently Elected Officers Lieutenant Governor Angles of Power: The Power of the Lieutenant Governor Beyond Politics Attorney General Insider Interview: Bill Hobby, Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Texas Is It Bigger in Texas? State Attorney General Cases Filed: 1980-2013 Comptroller of Public Accounts Commissioner of the General Land Office Agriculture Commissioner Plural Executive Feuds Governor-Appointed, Single-Head Agencies Secretary of State Commissioner for Health and Human Services Department of Insurance Governor-Appointed, Multimember Agencies Public Utility Commission Department of Transportation Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Multimember Elected Commissions and Hybrid Agencies Texas Railroad Commission Texas Ethics Commission State Board of Education Controlling the Bureaucracy Selection of the Bureaucracy Sluggish Policymaking Oversight and Change Great Texas Political Debates: Sunset Sunset? 10: The Texas Judiciary The Role of the Court Dispensing Justice Is It Bigger in Texas: Total Trial Courts Interpreting the Law Trial Courts Local Courts County Trial Courts State District Courts Appellate Courts Intermediate Appellate Courts Appellate Courts of Last Resort Quality of Justice in Texas Angles of Power: Two Supreme Courts? Caseloads: Overworked Judges? Length of Court Cases Salary: Underpaid Judges? Is It Bigger in Texas: Salaries of Judges in Five Most Populous States Turnover of Judges Access to Justice Judicial Selection and Removal Judicial Selection in Texas Is It Bigger in Texas: Primary Judicial Selection Process by State Insider Interview: Former Chief Justice Tom Philips Censure and Removal from Office Judicial Qualifications Problems with Partisan Elections Great Texas Political Debates: The First Negative Judicial Race Who Are the Justices? Women African-Americans Hispanics Asians Reforming the System Non-Partisan Elections Public Financing of Elections Limiting Fundraising Totals Merit Selection 11: Criminal Justice Texan Justice Rights of the Accused Victim Rights Types of Crimes Misdemeanors Felonies Drug Crimes Juvenile Crime Criminal Justice Process in Texas Pre-Trial Trial Punishment Angles of Power: Race and Finances in the Texas Prison System Is It Bigger in Texas: Comparing State Community Supervision Populations Incarceration Is It Bigger in Texas: State and Federal Prisoners under Jurisdiction of Correctional Authorities Great Texas Political Debates: Prison Conditions in Texas Death Penalty Life After Prison Restricted Licensing, Employment and Access to Programs Voting Rights Is It Bigger in Texas: Restrictions on Voting Post Felony by State Parole Reforms Alternatives to Incarceration Bail Reforms Addressing Prison Suicides Insider Interview: Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Cathy Cochran Grand Jury Reform Death Penalty Reform 12: Local Government The Powers and Functions of Local Government Dillon's Rule Great Texas Political Debates: Ban the Bag? Local Regulation Angles of Power: Holding Out for a Hero County Government Is It Bigger in Texas: Number of Local Governments County Judge and Commissioner's Court County Sheriff County Prosecutors County Administrators County Finance Officials City Governments General Law Cities Home Rule Cities Insider Interview: Local Activist Barry Klein, Texas Property Rights Association Types of City Government Mayor-Council System Commission Government Council-Manager System Special Districts Is It Bigger in Texas: Special Purpose Districts Nationwide School Districts Special Improvement Districts Junior/Community College Districts Library Districts Municipal Utility District (MUDs) Hospital Districts Home Owners Associations Elections County Elections City Elections Minority Representation in Municipal Governments Low Turnout in Municipal Elections Voting and Corruption Issues in Local Government Local Governments Short on Cash Rising Debt Cooperation Across Governments Sprawl To Zone or Not to Zone Pensions 13: Contemporary Public Policy Issues Taxes and Other Revenue Sources Sales Tax Is It Bigger in Texas: State and Local Sales Taxes, 2016 Property Tax Franchise (Business) Taxes Oil and Natural Gas Taxes Car Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax (
Brandon Rottinghaus is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Senator Don Henderson Scholar at the University of Houston.
Reviews for Inside Texas Politics: Politics, Policy, and Power
Dr. Rottinghaus treats politics as a struggle in which ordinary people can affect the outcome. When individuals see our political system as rigged, they are less likely to participate in that process. I want my students to not only learn how Texas government works, but also feel empowered to have a positive impact on that government. -- Patrizo Amezuca, San Jacinto College-North Inside Texas Politics is a great mix and makes me WANT to read more. I am sure students who read this book will have the same reaction. -- Madelyn Bowman Tarrant County College Inside Texas Politics is a quality textbook that has risen to the top of potential textbooks that I would consider for my Texas Government course. I agree with the author's goals. -- William Parent, San Jacinto College I use Inside Texas Politics and am very pleased with the way it reads, the quality of its scholarship, and the thematic approach taken by the author. This book offers precisely what students around the state need in order to grasp the subject matter. It is the best text in the field for its systematic approach to the politics of Texas. -- Mark A. Cichock, UT Arlington