The Political Landscape:
Politics (Ch 1)
Political Culture (Ch 2)
3 Things to Remember
1. What political actors DO is more
important than what they say.
2. To understand American politics, heed
Deep Throats advice:
FOLLOW THE MONEY.
We the People of the United States, in Order to
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice,
insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
The Texas Constitution
Roots of the Texas Constitution
Texas has had several written
The 1836 Texas Constitution
Prior to its independence, Texas was
governed as part of Mexico.
The 1824 Cons
Local Government in
Governments in the United States
and Texas, 2007
The Roots of Local Government
Roots emerge in colonial America
Few people lived in Texas when it was governed by
Spain and then Mexico
Opinion and Participation
Cause for Concern?: What
Americans [Dont] Know About
Abortion: The Hot-Button
What is Public Opinion?
What the public thinks about a
particular issue or set of issues at any
point in time
Check Your Sources:
Where Americans Get Their News
The Evolution of Journalism in the
First newspapers published in the American
colonies in 1690.
Free press is a necessary component of
What Is A Political Party?
A group of office holders, candidates,
activists, and voters who identify with a
group label and seek to elect to public
office individuals who run under that label.
Consist of three separate but rel
Reported Acts Designed to
Influence Policy Makers
What Are Interest Groups?
An organized group that tries to
influence public policy
One of first to study interest groups
Posed Disturbance Theory
Interest Groups, Political
Parties, and Elections in
The Roots of Political Parties, Interest Groups,
Elections and Campaigns in Texas
Parties and interest groups developed
slowly in Texas.
Personality was the dominant force in