ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS lives up to its name. This is not a brief version of a traditional text, but truly the essentials-the key concepts-that students of Texas politics need to understand. This concise yet comprehensive overview compares the reality of Texas to the democratic ideal through a thought-provoking reform orientation. ESSENTIALSOF TEXAS POLITICS engages students in thinking about controversial issues and encourages them to participate in class debate.
This text engages students in an unbiased study of the conflicting realities that make up Texas government and politics, examining the state's political parties and ideologies, campaigns and elections, the legislature, local government, and public policy issues, and comparing what's happening in the world of Texas politics against democratic ideals of participation, majority rule, and protection of minority rights. Critical thought and debate are encouraged. This eighth edition contains new Web sections. Kraemer is affiliated with the University of Texas-Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)