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Lone Star Politics

Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Eighth Edition
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February 2023 | 568 pages | CQ Press
In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday government. Explore the state’s rich political tradition with the Eighth Edition of Lone Star Politics.

Utilizing a comparative approach, the authors set Texas in context with other states' constitutions, policymaking, electoral practices, and institutions as they delve into the evolution of its politics. Critical thinking questions and unvarnished Winners and Losers discussions guide students toward understanding Texas government and assessing the state's political landscape.

The Eighth Edition includes a brand-new chapter on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, along with the "tried and true" updates in every chapter that highlight the push-pull relationship between the state, federal, and local governments.

CHAPTER 1. Introduction
CHAPTER 2. Texas Constitutions
CHAPTER 3. Texas Legislature
CHAPTER 4. Texas Governors
CHAPTER 5. The Plural Executive and Bureaucracy in Texas
CHAPTER 6. Texas Judicial System
CHAPTER 7. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Texas
CHAPTER 8. Campaigns and Elections, Texas Style
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 9: Political Parties
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 10: Organized Interests
CHAPTER 11. Local Government in Texas
CHAPTER 12. Fiscal Policy
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 13: Energy, Environment, Transportation, and Trade Policies: Transforming Texas
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 14: Social Policy: Education, Health, and Immigration


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  • All tables and figures from the textbook
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"I have used many Texas Government textbooks over the years, but Lone Star Politics is my favorite. It gives students the important facts of how Texas institutions work but still keeps them engaged. The fun and fascinating Texas characters one encounters in the 'Texas Legends' boxes are worth the price of admission; they encourage my students as they research and write about Texas Legends themselves.”

Christopher J. Wolfe
University of St. Thomas

“I have used Lone Star Politics in my Texas state and local government classes for the last two years. The authors continue to provide a concise and trenchant overview of Texas politics and institutions. Additionally, the inclusion of imbedded quizzes in Vantage helps students to immediately test their comprehension of the text.”

James M. Gaddy
Galveston College
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.
  • A new chapter on civil liberties and civil rights (Chapter 7), focuses on Texas-specific narratives within the broader struggle for civil rights in the United States. The struggles for inclusion by African Americans, Hispanic persons, Native Americans, Asian Americans, women, and LGBTQ+ persons are highlighted, allowing for all students to find themselves represented within the book.
  • A greater focus on diversity and inclusion is woven throughout, including the book’s main narrative, feature boxes, data, and photos.
  • Chapter objectives linked to section headings and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's (THECB) standards have been updated.
  • Chapter objectives and Core Assessment questions align with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM), reinforcing chapter content and ensuring that learning outcomes are achieved.
  • Federalism in Action boxes appear in nearly every chapter and highlight city and state issues, such as Texas’s response to COVID-19, campus carry, voter I.D. laws, and transgender bathrooms.
  • Texas vs. ______ boxes are an extension of the book’s comparative method, incorporating a data literacy approach that encourages students to think about how Texas differs from other states.
  • Texas Legends boxes showcase figures and events that have shaped—and continue to influence—Texas politics. Examples include Sam Houston, Barbara C. Jordan, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Texas Supreme Court justice Raul Gonzalez.
  • Discussion Starters and Active Learning assignments appear at the end of each chapter to help spark conversation in the classroom and promote communication and teamwork.
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