About this title:
This text explicitly and critically compares the realities of Texas politics to the ideals described by democratic theory. The text's lively presentation of material engages students in controversial issues and encourages classroom debate. A balanced, comprehensive, thoroughly updated presentation of government in Texas, this edition includes the 2000 election results.
About the Author:
Richard Kraemer served 21 years of active duty in the Air Force before starting his teaching career. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin, in 1970 and has been a faculty member there since 1965. His field is American Government, specializing in Texas Politics and National Security Policy. He is the author and co-author of over a dozen books, mostly about Texas politics, as well as other publications. Dr. Kraemer is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and a national award from the Arnold Air Society.
Charldean Newell (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is the co-author of TEXAS POLITICS, THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER, and CITY EXECUTIVES. In addition to Texas politics, her research interests include local government and human resources management. During a distinguished career, Professor Newell has received four notable 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. Professor Newell also earned recognition from students and colleagues at the University of North Texas, including being named an Honor Professor by the Student Association, receiving distinguished service awards from the UNT Ex-Students Association and the President's Council, and being recognized by her college and the university as a whole for her work.
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.
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