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Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Sixth Edition
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January 2019 | 600 pages | CQ Press

“I really love this textbook. It is easy to read and flows logically. […] as far as an “assigned reading” book for a face-to-face lecture goes, the book is top notch.”
—Brian Naples, Panola College

In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday government. Explore the state's rich political tradition with Lone Star Politics as this local author team explains who gets what and how. 

Utilizing the comparative method, 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 Sixth Edition expands its coverage on civil rights in the state, as well as contemporary issues highlighting the push-pull relationship between the state and federal and local governments.

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Preface
 
About the Authors
 
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
Texas Geography

 
History: The Birth of Texas Traditions

 
Texas Statehood

 
Transitions to the Twenty-First Century

 
A Tradition of Change

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 2 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONS
Constitutional Government

 
The Federal System of the United States

 
Texas Constitutions

 
The Current System: The Constitution of 1876

 
Criticisms of the Texas Constitution

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 3 TEXAS LEGISLATURE
The Texas Legislature in Context

 
Typologies of State Legislatures: Full-Time and Part-Time

 
Qualifications for Office and Length of Terms

 
Representation: Theories and Demographics

 
Winners and Losers

 
Electing the State Legislature

 
Legislative Organization

 
Winners and Losers

 
Legislative Process

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 4 TEXAS GOVERNORS
The Office of the Governor

 
Powers of the Governor

 
Informal Powers

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 5 THE PLURAL EXECUTIVE AND BUREAUCRACY IN TEXAS
The Plural Executive

 
Boards and Commissions

 
Bureaucratic Accountability

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 6 TEXAS JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Judicial Federalism and Texas Courts

 
Local Trial Courts

 
County-Level Trial Courts

 
District Courts (State-Level Trial Courts)

 
Appellate Courts

 
Judicial Selection

 
Texas Judges

 
Problems with the Texas Judiciary

 
Alternative Systems of Judicial Selection: Appointment and Merit

 
Criminal Justice in Texas

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 7 TEXAS-SIZED JUSTICE
Justice in Texas

 
Incarceration in Texas

 
Rights of the Accused

 
Law and Punishment

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 8 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS, TEXAS STYLE
Democracy, Representation, and Elections in Texas

 
Voting Rights in Texas

 
Types of Elections in Texas

 
Voting, Voter Registration, and Turnout

 
Getting on the Ballot in Texas Elections

 
Campaign Finance in Texas

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 9 POLITICAL PARTIES
The Development of Political Parties in Texas

 
Political Parties in Texas

 
Party Organizations

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 10 ORGANIZED INTERESTS
Organized Interests in Texas Politics

 
Influencing Policy in Texas through Organized Interests

 
The Relationship between Organized Interests and Parties

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN TEXAS
Local Government: The Basics

 
County Government, Texas Style

 
Cities

 
Other Forms of Local Government

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 12 FISCAL POLICY
The Policymaking Process

 
Sources of State Revenue: Taxes

 
Winners and Losers

 
Sources of State Revenue: Other Resources

 
Spending and Budgeting

 
Fiscal Policy Tools

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 13 ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORTATION, AND TRADE POLICIES: TRANSFORMING TEXAS
Oil and Gas in Texas

 
Texas Energy

 
Environmental Policy

 
Texas Air Quality

 
Droughts and Floods

 
Hazardous Waste

 
Winners and Losers

 
Transportation Policy

 
Winners and Losers

 
Texas Trade

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
CHAPTER 14 SOCIAL POLICY: EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND IMMIGRATION
Education Policy

 
Winners and Losers

 
Winners and Losers

 
Health and Human Services

 
Winners and Losers

 
Immigration Policy

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Active Learning

 
Chapter Review

 
 
Appendix: Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Texas
 
Notes
 
Glossary
 
Index

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“I really love this textbook. It is easy to read and flows logically. […] as far as an “assigned reading” book for a face-to-face lecture goes, the book is top notch.”

Brian Naples
Panola College

“The text is informative and easy to use in a lecture.”

Celeste Rios
Austin Community College

“The main strength of this book is the attention to and depth of detail offered in the text. I find it helpful for looking at Texas government and politics comparatively. Students have commented on this as well—that comparisons to Louisiana, Alaska, etc. give them a better frame of reference for how and why Texas is uniquely situated.”

Bonnie Ford
Collin College

“The text strategically works to capture as many governmental and political changes across time, and the difficulties which Texas government and voters face in the ever-changing landscapes of Texas and American politics today and tomorrow while keeping in mind Texas traditionalism.”

Rebecca Jackson McElyea
University of Texas at Tyler

“The authors have created a true Texas political science textbook. Lone Star Politics is written with the intent to teach about Texas government. The book and its resources are an advantage to all who read it because you can truly tell that the authors care about educating students.”

Alicia Andreatta
Cisco College

“Of all the textbooks I’ve used, Lone Star Politics is my favorite. It does an excellent job of providing a deeper look at the roots, and the making, of Texas. It not only has more to offer students, but it’s depth of content makes this textbook one of the better, if not best, ones out there.”

Bonnie Ford
Collin College

“The authors’ approach, attention to detail, and writing style in Lone Star Politics are superior. They do an excellent job at communicating local government and policies while balancing an array of relevant topics and issues.”

Brian Johnson
Tarrant County College

“Being someone who is partial to tradition, I think that Lone Star Politics is a great textbook on the theme of tradition and transformation, and the subject of Texas government as a whole. The authors have created a well-organized, detailed, and scholarly textbook without being intimidating.”

Robert Findley
Odessa College

“Lone Star Politics is definitely a stand out. The text strategically focuses on the institutional aspects of government. The authors have created a well-organized book with emphasis on traditions and changes important to Texas politics.”

John Seymour
El Paso Community College
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A streamlined the discussion of Texas legislature, combining two chapters into a single “Texas Legislature” chapter, enables professors to focus on the essential elements of the legislative process.
  • Increased alignment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) curriculum standards makes the instructor’s assessment tasks as simple as possible by providing a clear connection between the textbook and the THECB standards. 
    • Questions on critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, personal responsibility and social responsibility are added throughout each chapter
    • End-of-chapter Active Learning assignments address communication and teamwork 
    • End-of-chapter multiple-choice review questions allow students to check understanding of key concepts
  • New discussion of Texas’ trade policy focus on key trade partners such as Mexico and China, giving students a broader understanding of Texas’ economic impact at home and across the world.
  • An in-depth discussion of the impact of Hurricane Harvey focuses on how the lessons learned (or that should have been learned) from the storm continue to present challenges to Texas government. 
  • New and updated “How Texas Government Works” infographics include: 
    • Comparison of Texas’ imports, exports, and foreign direct investment into the state
    • Where immigrants in Texas come from internationally
    • Diversity in the Texas judiciary
  • Increased discussion on federalism engage students in important topics, such as disagreements between the state and local governments on voter I.D. laws, sanctuary cities, and fracking.


KEY FEATURES: 

  • 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 fracking in Denton, 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 compared to 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.
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Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Introduction

2. Texas Constitutions


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