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Political Science: Institutions and Public Policy

Author(s): Sherri Mora

Edition: 5

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 218

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Political Science: Institutions and Public Policy, 5th edition is designed to provide students with concise content that allows them to capture the essentials while reading without getting lost in the details. This content has been aligned with learning objectives to improve student learning outcomes.

Features of the text include:

  • state of Texas learning outcomes.
  • chapter level introduction to content and summaries.
  • probing questions to inspire critical thinking and improve knowledge.
  • retention.
  • link to additional resources, including primary sources.
  • examples drawn from current events for US and TX.

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 American Political System
Learning Outcomes
Theoretical Foundations
Elements of a State
The Role of Government
Systems of Government
Informative Websites
Exercises
Articles of Confederation
Problems Under The Articles Of Confederation
Informative Websites
Exercises
Constitutions
Drafting Our Constitution: The Philadelphia Convention
The Constitution of the United States of America
Article I
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VI
Article VII
Ratifying the Constitution
Amending the Constitution
Types of Constitutions
Informative Websites
Exercises
Federalism
Division of Powers in the U.S. Constitution
Evolution of Federalism
Why Is Federalism Important?
Problems with Federalism
Fiscal Federalism
Coercive Federalism
Informative Websites
Exercises

Chapter 2 Policy-Making Institutions
Learning Outcomes
The Executive Branch
The Twenty-Second Amendment
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment
Chief Administrator
Chief Legislator
Chief Diplomat
Chief Of State
Commander-In-Chief
Public Law 107–40 107th Congress
Joint Resolution
Section 1. Short Title
Section 2. Authorization for Use of United States Armed Forces
Public Law 107–243 107th Congress
Joint Resolution
Section 1. Short Title
Section 2. Support for United States Diplomatic Efforts
Section 3. Authorization for Use of United States Armed Forces
Section 4. Reports to Congress
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
The Legislative Branch
House of Representatives
Senate
How Bills Get Passed
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
The Judicial Branch
U.S. District Courts
U.S. Courts Of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Judicial Restraint versus Judicial Activism
Judicial Review
Access to the Courts
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 3 Political Participation
Learning Outcomes
American Political Culture
How Do We Form Our Political Beliefs?
How Do The Media Affect Political Culture?
Functions of the Media
Consumption of the Media
How Are Political Beliefs Captured?
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Political Parties
Two-Party System
Cultural Consensus
Electoral Rules
Restrictions on Minor Parties
A Responsible Party Model
Interest Groups
How Do Interest Groups Operate?
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
Voting and Elections
Why Don’t People Vote?
Electing a President: The Electoral College
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 4 Texas Politics
Learning Outcomes
Texas History
Cultural History
The Republic
Annexation
The Treaty of Annexation–Texas; April 12, 1844
A Treaty of Annexation, Concluded Between the United
States of America and the Republic Of Texas
Article I
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VI
Article VII
Article VIII
Article IX
Civil War
Post–Civil War
Texas Constitutional History
Exercises
The Texas Constitution
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
Political Parties, Special Interests, and Elections in Texas
Elections
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises
Texas Government: Structure and Function
The Legislature
The Executive Branch
The Judicial Branch
Exercises
Informative Websites
Bibliography

Chapter 5 Ideology and Policy Process
Learning Outcomes
Ideology
Policy Process
Factors Affecting Public Policy
Types of Public Policy
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 6 Regulation and Environmental Policy
Learning Outcomes
Environmental Policy
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 7 Domestic Policy
Learning Outcomes
Historical Overview
Approaches to Welfare
Types of Programs
Individual Programs
Social Security Retirement
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Health Care
Education
Education
Federal Education Programs
Texas Education Programs
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 8 Economic Policy
Learning Outcomes
Partisanship in Economics
Monetary Policy
Taxation
Subsidies and Benefits
Fiscal Policy
Revenues and Expenditures
Federal Expenditures
Texas Fiscal Policy
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 9 Civil Liberties and Affirmative Action
Learning Outcomes
Nationalization of the Bill Of Rights
Decision Making
First Amendment Freedoms
Religion
Speech and Press
Assembly
Ninth Amendment Privacy Rights
Judicial Activism and Strict Constructionism
Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action History
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 10 Immigration Policy
Learning Outcomes
Immigration Policy History
Regulating Legal Immigration: A Timeline
Illegal Immigration: A Timeline
Current Debates
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Chapter 11 Foreign Policy
Learning Outcomes
The Basics
History and Development of Foreign Policy
Constitutional Framework
Phases in American Foreign Policy
Conclusion
Informative Websites
Bibliography
Exercises

Index

Sherri Mora

Sherri Mora is Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. She is the author of The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy (McGraw Hill, 5th Edition, 2021), Political Science: Institutions and Public Policy (Kendall Hunt, 2015), and co-author of Public Finance: Politics and Process (Kendall Hunt, 2013). She earned advanced degrees in political science, public administration, and education at Texas State University.

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